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Made by Indira

Her saris are simple yet striking. Indira Broker's creations are on show at Ambience today and tomorrow


WEIRD, HARDLY wearable and only for the wealthy. Is this what designer wear means to you? Meet Indira Broker and you will change your mind.

With just a tiny bindi for make-up, a single bangle as an accessory and strands of grey tied into a jooda, Indira does not have the trappings of a designer. And this gets reflected in her creations — block printed tussar saris. Quite like Indira, the six-yard drapes she designs exude a traditional charm and natural simplicity.

No loud colours, only geometric patterns (dots, horizontal lines, triangles and herringbone) and priced affordably (Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 4,500), Indira's designs are more for the commoners than the catwalkers. You can feel the ethnic elegance of the sepia era in her classy collection.


At her studio in Pune, she operates single-handed. "It's because of my personal rapport that whenever a client wears my creation it looks as if it was designed just for her. It may sound dramatic but I think I have an inherent feel for colour schemes. And depending on one's skin tone, and personality I not only suggest the sari but also the colour of the blouse. I don't like the `Oh! I have to just pick up a blouse' attitude. Think about it as much as you would the sari."

Besides tussar, she also works on Khadi cotton during summer. But why only tussar? I like its coarseness and richness. More important, it's opaque.

Indira comes up with a new line every three or four months. She has also started doing salwar kameezes "as they are an extension of Indianness." "I really don't need to go to town about my work as I am driven more by passion than ambition." Yet she has the likes of Kiron Kher, Renuka Choudhury, Shabana Azmi [she wore an all-Indira creation in the film "Saaz"] and Shuba Mudgal swearing by her designs.

What excites her most is when she sees the hip and young draped in her seamless creations. "You have to make this classy attire contemporary to appeal to this generation. The sari may be jostling for that extra space in a world crowded with minis and midis, yet it will never lose its staying power."

An exhibition of her saris is on today and tomorrow at Ambience, Bheemanna Garden Road, Abhiramapuram.

CHITRA SWAMINATHAN

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