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    A new online store offers handcrafted artisanal treasures

    Banna Creations, started by Aishwarya Suresh, celebrates the crafts and textiles of India, through an online platform with easy access to products from remote pockets across the country. A result of her extensive travels through India, the venture aims to give exposure to small time artisans. A designer herself, her products include several handlooms like Kota, Chanderi, Maheshwari, Tussar, gheecha silk, and hand embroidery forms including kantha, Kutch work, and folk arts like Phad and Madhubani. While the focus is on garments and jewellery, the collection also includes bags, purses and home decor. “Every hand-crafted product tells a story and I use Banna as the storyteller, ” says Suresh, adding, “The online experience becomes interactive through exhibitions, workshops and training programmes.”
    Fabric kaleidoscope
    Banna, ( Kannada for colour), offers an extensive collection of saris, stoles and dupattas apart from totes, clutches, sling bags, potlis, laptop sleeves and travel pouches made from fabrics like gheecha silk and leather. The collection of jewellery, divided into Tribal and Ethnique, is also quite interesting. While the ethnic jewellery is yet to be listed on the website, the tribal products include a mix of filigree and mesh work on hoops and statement neck pieces. Tussar features heavily, with saris seeing a mix of Tussar silk, Tussar gheecha, Tussar eri and Tussar matka weaves. Of the stoles and dupattas, a pashmina Chanderi number which blends shades of grassy green with rusty maroon with sprinklings of grey and black dabu prints caught our eye. We also like their Madhubani saris, dupattas and stoles featuring motifs like fish, peacocks and florals. A separate section is dedicated to hand-work with techniques like kasuti, kantha, kamal, negi, kalamkari, applique, bead work and Kutchi work.
    `450 upwards. Details: bannacreations.com

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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