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Summer wedding

Care to look different this wedding season? Head towards Czarina and take your pick of the gorgeous Gadwal, Valkalom, Kancheevaram, crepe and chiffon wedding collection.


THE WEDDING season is here in all its finery. A time for merrymaking, it brings with it some worries too.

Whether one is the bride, the bridesmaid, a close friend or family member or just gracing some acquaintance's wedding, the attempt is to look different.

The traditional Kancheevarams, Banarasi sarees and Patolas are passé. Weddings are the perfect excuse to experiment. This season, drape yourself in some exciting sarees, ghagra choli or lanchhas that are truly a blend of the traditional and the modern.

The Czarina boutique at the Catholic Centre in the city has on display an exclusive wedding collection of sarees and dress material. So be it a betrothal, the rasm of mehndi, the wedding itself or the reception, dress up in the latest Kancheevarams, Valkaloms, Gadwal silks, Patolas, georgettes, chiffons, crushed crepes and tissues, and embroidered sarees.

Woven summer crepes with gold thread can be bought for Rs. 5,900, while those woven with ordinary thread come for Rs. 3,900. Gadwal sarees range from Rs. 2,600 to Rs. 4,500.

The lovely Tsar sarees in Kantha work come for Rs. 4,000 apiece while crepe Bandhinis cost Rs. 2,500. Patola sarees with some unusual designs cost Rs. 4,000. In cotton silk, these are available for Rs. 2,250.

For the brides, there are organza sarees in Jaquard weave, worth Rs. 4,500. Some silver and bead work, undertaken by Czarina's in-house team of master craftsmen, can transform these beautiful sarees into something out of the world. Sarees in golden jute and silk can also be picked up for Rs. 5,500.

Valkalom sarees in satin silk come in the range of Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 8,000, depending upon their weight and the threadwork. Valkaloms in the range of Rs. 1,600 are ideal for party wear.

Kancheevarams with unusual borders and designs are also available for Rs. 6,000 or so. They come in mat designs, and in borders such as the temple one.

Silk cotton sarees cost anywhere between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 3,600. A large variety of crushed tissues and crepe sarees, with sequins, aari work or embroidery, especially in pastel shades, is available. The price ranges from Rs. 1,700 for plain ones to Rs. 2,950 for embroidered ones.

Also available are a wide range of fabrics that can be transformed into designer salwars and churidars or ghagra cholis, which are ideal for party wear. Raw silk material with zardozi work is available for Rs. 2,600. So is organza on which silver zardozi work has been done. Chiffons with self-colour embroidery come for Rs. 2,100, while Mysore crepes cost just Rs. 1,500.

So, go ahead and make this wedding season memorable by dressing up in some exquisite stuff that makes heads turn.

R. K. ROSHNI

Graphics: C.R.S.

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