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    Choose from a wide range of handmade accessories, apparels and skin care products at Vasthra’s first pop up.

    earings2Ardent believers of all things handmade and natural, Gita Ganesh (46) and Gyana Raghavan (33) had our attention at their last pop up at By Hand, From The Heart this year, with their colourful cotton chappals. Taking their city-based brand, Vasthra to a whole new level, the duo is moving from participating in exhibitions and pop ups to curating their own event. Focussing on designers and brands, the exhibition called This, That and Everything, will feature only handmade products. “Me and my partner, Gyana, had the idea of bringing together designers and brands who make their own products and have great ideas but need a platform to showcase it. So we decided to have this exhibition,” begins the city-based designer Ganesh.

    What to expect
    Vasthra will be launching their latest collection at the exhibition. “We have experimented with backstrap in footwear, something that we had not done before,” shares Ganesh. Also expect brands like city-based Bottled Bliss who will be showcasing products like organic face packs and anti-tan packs made with ingredients like green tea, basil, hibiscus and other kitchen ingredients. Other products by city-based brands include handmade soaps from Pristine Natural Products, vegan accessories for men from Monk Story and handcrafted jewellery from Kayel. Around 20 brands will be showcasing their products at the event.

    sandalsFirst time charm
    Coming to the city for the first time is Hyderabad-based brand Pipal Tree,  showcasing hand woven cotton and silk saris. Talking about being a part of this event, 29-year-old Siri Yarlagadda who runs the brand along with her mother, Bhavani Yarlagadda (51), says, “We are showcasing a few exclusive, one-of-a-kind saris for the first time in Chennai. The collection in general are a mix of some great weaves, unique hand embroidered, hand dyed and hand painted saris in a wide range of colours from some classy off-whites to some elegant pastels and also lots of bright shades,” shares an excited Siri. Other first-timers include Coimbatore-based brand Urbaniti, who are bringing their handcrafted jewellery made of metal with silver and gold plating and precious and semi precious stones. Raghavan also tells us that she hopes to organise the exhibition every two months.

    Rs 200 onwards. On November 25-26. At The Folly, Amethyst. Details: 45991633

    — Saloni Sinha

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