Trunkful of choices

Published: 06th December 2012 11:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2012 11:38 AM   |  A+A-

06trunk

Lovers of textile handicraft are in a for a treat these next two days, when an exhibition-cum-sale of “hand-woven and handicrafted saris, dupattas, jewellery and bags” is on at the Women’s Club on December 6 and 7.

The organisers of the event, Varnachitra, held a ‘trunk-show’ on Tuesday where invited guests had a sneak peak at the designers’ – Rema Kumar and Puneet Kaushik – wares.

Handloom cotton and silk saris with handicraft embellishments are the highlight of the exhibition. Delhi-based textile designer Rema Kumar delights in mixing and matching works from different parts of India.

Intricate kalamkari borders on Tussar silk, patti work on Kota silk, Kanchipuram silk with a Kashmiri ‘ari’ border are some of the combinations visitors may expect.

“I like to experiment with technique and colour and sensibilities,” says Rema, who works with artisans from various parts of the country – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Kashmir to name a few. The dark Tussar silk sari with Banarasi work adorning one border and Kalamkari on the other reflects her statement.

The price range of the saris fall between 2500 and 15000. While the cotton works fall in the 2000-3000 range, the Chanderi saris are a bit costlier at 3500 with the silk touching 8500 at least.

“The price is decided by the amount of detail that has gone into it,” says Rema. “So, I usually do heavy ‘Kalamkari’ work only on silk, which is costly anyway. If it is done on cotton, the price would increase and there would be no takers.”

While Rema weaves the colours of India into a single fabric, her husband Puneet puts it together in his jewellery. It is not just work from Indian states like Rajasthan and Kashmir that is presented but also from places like Tibet and Nepal. For example, one necklace has a pendant of pink topaz from Rajasthan and another sporting intricate gold designs from Tibet.

“We travel a lot so while Rema sits at the loom, I work on this,” he says.

The price range of the jewellery falls between rupees 1500 and 45000.

Accessories like embroidered and sequinned mobile purses and clutches are also on sale.

Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp