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    Buy Ugadi festival saris

    An exhibition-cum-sale brings together craft traditions of the country

    Hands of India presents its pre-Ugadi sale of handwoven apparel, saris, dupattas and home furnishings, sourced from artisan groups across the country. Hands of India seeks to provide high quality handcrafted apparels and home furnishings and works with about 50 artisan groups from all over India, apart from running a training school in Vrindaban, Uttar Pradesh.
    Their collections often are a blend of various schools of embroidery and weaving, like phulkari work done in Punjab on handwoven saris from Andhra or Bengal and sozni embroidery from Kashmir done on Bhagalpuri silk saris from Bihar.
    What to expect
    Offering a comprehensive selection of Indian and Western ready-to-wear, this year the highlights include jamdani saris and dupattas in cotton, silk and silk-cotton, English hand-embroidered kurtas, Assam’s traditional mekhala chador and a range of Western wear designed by NIFT graduates that include jackets, pleated culottes, trousers, tea-length and fish-cut skirts.
    The collective revives vintage Chanderi saris too, taking inspiration from 100-year-old samples. The range is crafted from a near extinct form of weaving called, ek naali, which employs single warp threads to create embossed motifs on the fabric. It also boasts motifs created from meenakari work. Dupattas extend from Pochampalli and ikkat silk to phulkari, Chanderi, chikan, kantha, Mangalgiri and jamdani tussars offering buyers a wide range to choose from. Also expect a fine range of embroidered blouse pieces, and single and double hand-printed bed covers and quilts from Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
    `250 upwards. February 17 to 22.
    At Lady Jehangir Kothari Memorial Hall, New Indian Express Circle.
    Details: 9845227919

    —RR

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