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Binding 'em with blinds



Duchess helps you dress the window. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

DUCHESS, THE boutique has been around for three years. It started off as a boutique for bedspreads and the kinds, until, Tripta Ahluwalia, the proprietor, decided to take up something more challenging — window dressing. "Duchess," she claims, "is the only boutique that handles window dressings professionally."

The clientele then must keep her busy. But she says that she takes it slow and easy to concentrate on every assignment. She works with interior designers, architects, and also independently.

A walk through her home boutique and one is convinced of the art behind window dressing.

Her blinds include delicately embroidered bamboo ones along with the silken and blended blinds. "We also dress the windows with valances and other headings. The windows can be shaded with sheers, and maybe combined with curtains," explains Ms. Ahluwalia.

"We specialise in designing bay windows which are quite a challenge. We use balloon blinds with pleats that can be used to cover the windows partly or completely. We also have cascades for these." Each work, to her, is an insight not only into the customer's needs and requirements, "but also into his/her psyche," she says and goes on to explain the importance of colours. Ms. Ahluwalia suggests neutral colours such as beige and cream for the living room and saves up the bright shades for a youngster's room. "I just finished working on a teenager's room. We gave it a blue denim header, curtains designed with red pockets and coupled them with bedspreads of the same combination with pillows that look like red skirts," says this designer excitedly.

The windows in her house are also designed in various types of blinds. There are beige jute sheers that are embroidered black but only intricately to allow the light into the living room.

There are also chiks and bamboo blinds that have been subjected to block prints, along with Roman blinds and chiks in 75 patterns. "We work in-house and every detail is personally monitored. Though we do source our raw material, our finished products our unique due to our workmanship, quality of work and fittings. Without these details looked into even the most expensive drapes can end up looking shabby," observes Ms. Ahluwalia.

The customers can choose from a variety of material such as bamboo, priced at Rs. 55 a Sq. ft. to blends with combinations of silks, organza, cottons, and rayon. "We first have to know the window sizes and the needs. Depending on that, we give the customers a sample of what the work will be like, especially if it needs embroidering and combination of patterns and proceed only after we get the approval."

Duchess, on 100 Ft Road, Indiranagar I Stage, can be contacted on 5280534/98450-10987.

AMISHA SHAH

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