Catch the sparkle
Rekha Lahoti's line of saris for the festive season at Sarang is a heady combination of Benarasi silk and tie and dye.
SARANG THE sari boutique on Road 10 Banjara Hills (6822121) has made a name for itself for the exquisitely designed Benarasi silks. The saris are sourced from Nilambari (with a manufacturing units in Varanasi and Delhi) and designed by Rekha Lahoti.
Designing for Rekha is a passion and each of the saris is unique with the finest embroidery, prints and dyes. The saris are transformed into objects of desire at Rekha's in house studios where 40 karighars transform her vision into reality.
For the festive season Rekha is showcasing a new line of tie and dye on Benarasi silks. "Nowadays people do not buy plain Benarasi silks. They would like something more and it is to address that need that we have introduced this line," Rekha says. With prices starting at Rs 10,000, the saris are worth it considering the amount of work that each piece has. The red Benarasi for instance has, in addition to tie and dye, an intricate border with kasab stones, antique sequins on kora work and yellow, red and green glass beads.
A lovely crepe sari with an antique border has three colours of tie and dye work on it while a Benarasi sari gets a new life in the transfer border on a crepe silk.
A black and red chiffon looks deceptively simple but a phenomenal amount of work has gone into it. The body has tie and dye work, the borders have been spray-painted, there is a crushed piping along the edges and ari work with star sequins (phew!)
The famous Jamdhani saris that are so fine that they can pass through a ring are also available but "no work can be done on it as it so delicate."
So if you want to dazzle on the festival of lights, head for Sarang between 11 am and 7 pm. The exhibition is on till October 31.
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