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    Cinnamon show-cases an exclusive collection of gara embroidery

    Drawing from the rich heritage of the Parsi community, designers Ashdeen Lilaowala and Peter D’Ascoli have put together a limited edition range of scarves, stoles, saris, shawls, dupattas and clutches in the hand-embroidered gara technique — a Parsi tradition influenced by Chinese, European, Indian and Persian crafts. Created exclusively for Cinnamon, there is a mix of bold colours and a modern palette of muted tones like grey and black with turquoise accents.

    Printed silks
    D’Ascoli, whose collection includes silk stoles, scarves and shawls, plays with unique, vibrant prints that carry elements of the ancient embroidery, making for classic and timeless pieces. Some of the silk shawls feature paisley motifs with chinese elements like birds with lace prints, ribbons and bows in turquoise and green — quite exquisite.

    “This is a dying but gorgeous craft technique and we hope to revive it with our efforts. We wanted to celebrate this community and show our appreciation of their uniqueness,” D’Ascoli shares.
    “I’ve been finding inspiration from cultures all over the world and particularly from India as it has so much to offer,” adds the New Yorker who is now based in Delhi where he runs his interior textile designing studio, Taliana.

    Rich palette
    Lilaowala’s works include saris, dupattas, clutches and kurtas and feature heavier embroidery of quirky motifs like lotus, iris, bamboo and butterflies offset by contrasting backgrounds in rich shades of plum, chartreuse, tangerine and teal. The most unique piece in the hand-embroidered collection features a sari with a lotus border, a recreation of a lotus pond, complete with dragon flies set against an off-white backdrop. The depictions have been shaded in such a way to give the whole look a realistic effect.

    January 8 onwards. Rs 6,000 upwards. At Lavelle Road. Details: 22212426

    —Rashmi Rajgopal

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