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For that festive look

AN EXHIBITION cum sale of `Sameeksha' collection of exquisite cotton and silk Ilkal saris, festival wear Paithanis and Kasuti embroidered saris opens today at Fabindia, Ilford House, Woods Road, off Anna Salai. The Ilkals and Paithanis charm with their variety and exuberance.

The Ilkal saris come in bright plain colours, as also in very attractive checks with typical woven borders. The cotton and silk Ilkal saris have wide or narrow borders with woven `tope tene' pallavs. The Kasuti embroidery has been done with great effect on plain Ilkal saris with a sprinkling of typical motifs in conjunction with the border, pallav etc. The Ilkals get a very festive and value-added look with the sophisticated Kasuti style stitches. The richness of Paithanis too have been further enhanced by the Kasuti and Negi embroidery styles, making them dazzling, couture wear. The Ilkal weave has also been used with great effect to style fascinating salwar kurta ensembles. Again, a touch of Kasuti lifts the bright coloured salwar suits to high fashion ensembles. `Sameeksha' employs women from poor economic background for whom Ilkal and Kasuti have now become a way of life and a tool for empowerment. The Sameeksha exhibition will be on till October 21.

PUSHPA CHARI

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