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    Madhavi and Jyothsna Rongala

    House of Taamara, a store for exclusive hand-crafted saris

    From The Yellow Button’s Madhavi Rongala comes, House of Taamara, specialising in hand-crafted saris  from around the country. With a line-up of everything from the humble cotton to the traditional Kanjeevaram variety, the store also stocks a wide selection of cotton blouses and silver jewellery, to complement the saris.

    Madhavi’s passion for traditional yet exclusive Indian wear prompted her to team up with her sister-in-law, Lakshmi Jyothsna Rongala, who runs a sari business out of her home in Hyderabad.

    “While there are shops that offer a beautiful selection of saris, I have never seen any store in Bangalore that houses an eclectic collection, like what I’m attempting with House of Taamara,” says Madhavi, referring to the mix of different techniques and fabrics like chanderi, tussar and Kanjeevaram silks, jamdhani, ikkat, and Kutch embroidery, that cater to the whims of every type of customer – from casual to bohemian to classic.

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    Travelling extensively, a minimum of once a month, Madhavi works with various weavers and designers, painstakingly ensuring every piece meets the standards she sets.

    “When it comes to zeroing in on a weaver or designer, I do a lot of research and also just go with my gut. Sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn’t but I make sure the products are what customers would appreciate. We give a lot of importance to colour combinations and patterns, and only choose what we are entirely satisfied with,” Madhavi explains displaying some of her favourites.

    Threads of beauty
    One of them, a cotton royal purple sari with a bright parrot green, silk border, is simply gorgeous and oozing understated elegance. A true example of Indian craftsmanship, the next sari she picks out features a cotton body with block prints, a touch of kalamkari and  ikkat work with a raw silk border in an unusual mix of colours that include teal, crimson and cream. The pre-stitched blouse that it comes with is suitably glitzy with brocade work on the cap sleeves. One piece that really stood out was a luxurious deep red raw silk dupatta with black floral kalamkari prints.

    Khadi saris, by Metaphor Racha occupy a separate rack as does a collection of traditional Kerala saris by designer Amodha.

    Rs. 850 upwards. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Details: houseoftaamara.com

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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