Block-printed silks and bespoke for men, at a new store
With close to 40 decades of experience in the textile industry, Jay Bafna of Presidenta��s Group, Bengaluru and PK Rajpuria of Shreeman, Kolkata have now come together to launch Warp & Weft, the latest address for luxurious fabrics and bespoke services. Helmed by Baffnaa��s son, Prmod, who is also creative director of his fathera��s company, the store boasts warm wooden interiors with neatly displayed panels of fabrics swatches and fine textiles for men.
a�?It was initially meant to be an experience centre for our international clients. At Presidenta��s Group, we export fabrics to a lot of luxury design houses in Europe. But we realised there was a real need for a fabric gallery in Bengaluru and so the idea for the studio was born,a�? begins Prmod. Spread across 1,800 square feet, the store stocks fabrics like twill silks, dupion silk, chiffon, georgette, taffeta and linen. And though ita��s a destination for the fashion forward man, Warp & Weft also has a small selection for women. Their ready-to-wear section, for men only, features pocket squares, jackets, and shirts in cotton and linen. a�?Our silks are much sought after, as they bear hand-block prints. Wea��ve created a collection of brass block-printed fabrics. The blocks have very fine designs with extremely thin lines. The quality of a block is determined by how thin its lines are. These brass blocks are very hard to come by today as they cannot be made anymore,a�? shares Prmod, who is joined by designer Dhiya Jose on the storea��s creative team.
While their inventory is focused on showcasing textiles made with natural fibres, they dona��t slouch on the innovation front, with woollen blend fabrics that are anti-crush and subtly perfumed. Customers can also keep an eye out for their customised shoes, which are crafted in Italy (`10,000 upwards).
Fabrics `600 upwards,
RTW `3,000 upwards. At
Kumura Krupa Road.
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