Swirl that skirt
A wee bit of help to make your Navratri sartorial choices
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Miriam is in the throes of an existentialist dilemma. She has gazillion garba invites and not a thing to wear. The Ghagra Choli festival at Urvi, (Ph: 23352661) Model House, Punjagutta might offer some answers.
Mamta Reddy with her delicious Kalamkari work has created a lip-smacking range of ghagras, cholis, kurtis and salwars. There are the traditional ghagras with the requisite sweep - a particularly eye catching one is the one in indigo with a Krishna Leela motif and copper kadi print combined with a blouse in bagh print and a lovely maroon dupatta. A slightly unconventional black ghagra with the Ramayana motif is striking with its hand-embroidered Banjara mirror work.
The bagh sets - ghagra, choli and dupatta in block printed vegetable dyes in a variety of designs are a steal at Rs. 975. The in-house tailor will do your stitching for Rs. 200 and Rs 300 with lining.
The sari cholis (both stitched and material) are the last word in cool. In Mangalagiri, with a whole world of work, you could never turn your back on them. "They are in 60/40 count and so are slightly thicker than the regular two-by-two and do not need a lining," Sarita Adusumilli of Urvi explains.
Never has Kalamkari looked as vibrant as on these divine blouses as appliqués and borders. The blouses are given a big time boost with antique embroidery, French knots, pipes, sequins (extraordinary shapes) and zardosi.
And if you are a super huge fan of fusion dressing do check out the super smart A-line skirts. The ankle-length lovelies are slit on the side with a row of smart wooden button - any cooler and you would surely freeze.
Then there is the all time favourite Ganesha collection with a kurti where the Elephant god sports the neatest mirror work embellishments on his trunk. And there is also the Tree of Life for all those who prefer to wear existentialism on their sleeves.
Another innovation is the Kalamkari salwar. In Mangalagiri, the salwars sport trendy Kalamkari appliqué work, mirror work and zari. Match it with a Kalamkari dupatta and a plain kurta and watch the heads spin around.
So many choices so little time! The exhibition is on till October 11, so just go for it.
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What:Ghagra Choli festival
Where: Urvi, Model House,
When: Till October 11
How Much: Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 8000 (Ghagra); Rs. 475 to Rs. 1,200 (Choli)
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