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    Aaryotsav returns to the city, bringing with it over 100 designers from across the country

    An EXHIBITION that will lure all kinds of personality traits — from kitschy and artsy to bold and demure, Aaryotsav is set to house an exclusive collection of apparel, jewellery,  accessories, artifacts and soft furnishings. Govinda Thakural, the brains behind this concept, with wife Radhika, explains that while the merchandise and craftsmanship is top-notch, there is more to Aaryotsav than just retail therapy. “It’s about giving lesser known creators a larger platform with more visibility,” Radhika tells us.

    The travelling exhibition will offer Bangaloreans a chance to buy things from across the country — think Kashmiri shawls, Rajasthani lehengas and even knick-knacks from Pakistan and Morocco. “Some stalls are urban-oriented while others reflect smaller town sensibilities with true-to-roots merchandise,” Govinda tells us.

    Seasonal change
    Clothes will be in light fabrics like cotton and colours like pastels, neons and bright, tangy tones that embody the upbeat and fresh summer mood. Sohum Creations promises Indian wear (anarkalis, Amritsari kurtas and heavy wedding outfits) for brides and women who want that touch of opulence. Shimmerz from Hyderabad will bring in the latest in ethnic wear as well as trendy accessories. Saris, hand-painted material and lehengas with kalamkari work, kasuti embroidery, patch and cut work and mirror embellishments are expected to be on the racks.

    PLFS (or Pure Love For Shoes) is sure to grab the fancy of those with a penchant for trendy yet comfortable shoes while Princessories, hand-made jewellery designers, will bring in pieces made of semi-precious gemstones and ethnic materials like silver, enamel, leather, wood and shell. Look out for their hair accessories and bag hangings.

    Kitsch factor
    Hippies and hipsters make sure to pop into The Little Things for personalised kitsch products. We love their ‘Lovers Coupons,’ which can be customised to give your significant other a chance to ‘exchange’ kisses and hugs from you. On the home front, Svasti Artefacts deals with unique Moroccan lamps, glass inlay hangings, crystal candle holders and more. So stopping here, for the family, will make you less guilty of the myriad shopping bags you’ll be carrying for yourself!

    April 25 and 26. Entry free. At Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road. Details: 9886685002

    —Aakanksha Devi

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