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    Featuring lustrous bed linen and kaftans with traditional royal embroidery, The Leela Palace’s new boutique does the hotel proud

    Inspired by India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, the new luxury boutique at The Leela Palace, Amalya, is a treasure trove of objects d’art. From housing silver artefacts featuring the 500-year-old Tarkashi craftsmanship — with intricate floral motifs interpreted from royal thrones and doors of Rajasthan’s palaces — to pearl necklaces in maharani Gayatri Devi’s style, the store, launched at the beginning of this month, exudes regal charm.
    AMALYA35Craft in focus
    An antique four poster bed also showcasing handcrafted jewellery featuring precious stones, along with cushions, duvets and shams with elaborate zardozi, aari and gota work, sits in the centre of the boutique. The decadent theme continues with potli bags and clutches made from lustrous silks and velvets, embellished with crystals, bead and quillwork. However, the focus is on revival of traditional Indian styles and techniques as Samyukta Nair, Head – Design & Operations for The Leela Group, puts it. “Amalya began as a tribute to the craftsmen of India, who are the soul of Indian art, culture and tradition. In creating a platform to present their work, the aim was to showcase the highest level of artistic excellence to a discerning audience,” says the granddaughter of the late Captain Nair.

    AMALYA14Bespoke for infants
    Nair has been the force behind launching the first Amalya boutique in May 2011 at The Leela Palace, New Delhi. With boutiques also operational in Udaipur, Goa and Chennai, Nair reveals that Chennai’s is the largest in the country, giving them the ability to showcase more. The result is a wider collection of intricately-crafted leather footwear, including embroidered Jodhpuri jootis, old world crockery, embellished deities and organic skin care products, among others. For babies, there is a bespoke line of jewellery called Amalya Baby which includes baby pins, pendants, earrings and bracelets fashioned in 18 and 22K gold, embellished with diamonds and pearls, priced from Rs.15,000 to Rs.50,000.
    Taking back memories
    Their garment section has kaftans and kurtas featuring Chikankari, Mokaish and Kashidkari work. “The Pashmina and Jamavar shawls are retailed as an ode to the weaver community. We strive to revive age-old craft and textile traditions by applying a contemporary approach, yet focus on reflecting the socio-cultural narrative of our country,” says Nair, adding that the store is targeted at the global traveller, who understands the essence of India. Many of The Leela’s accessories like bath robes and silver tableware can also be found here, making for ideal souvenirs. Nair also reveals that the fifth boutique of Amalya is slated to open in Bangalore towards the end of next year. Priced from Rs. 150 to Rs. 15,00,000. Details: 30958180

    — Sharmistha Maji

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