Tollywood actress June Maliah at Kolkata boutique exhibition

June Maliah-Bengali ActressKolkata, Sept 15 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Kolkata women who want to do traditional, will have a lot to choose from for the upcoming Durga Puja as popular boutique Karomi, in association with Craft Council of West Bengal, presented its maiden exhibition –“Mandala”-on Thursday.

Tollywood actress June Maliah was present at the inauguration of “Mandala” where two collections-‘Bindu’ and ‘Shalimar’, were showcased on Thursday at Artisana here.

Sarita Ganeriwala and Sarika Ginodia, owners of Karomi, said the Bindu collection was tribute to Indian French artist S. H. Raza, and Shalimar collection was inspired by intricacies of Islamic pattern, making and architecture.

Supporting the initiative, June said: “We should promote hand looms as our culture and heritage lies there. Personally I like hand crafted sarees.”

June, speaking about her love for sarees, said: “I love the way they have used different pallet of colours, texture and design. While silk being my favorite I prefer Assamese muga silk.”

About the collections, she said, “I like both the collections and if I had my way I would take all of them.”

Designer S. Ganeriwala said she was greatly inspired by S.H, Raza which reflects in her collections. “

The geometric constructions and colour pallet used are typically Raza,” she said.

“We have used different yarns to come up with a different texture. Traditionally Jaandani- traditional weaving of Bengal origin, was woven only in cottons. We have used this technique in various types of silks,” she said.

“We used Jaamdani because its intricate patterns have always been a highly coveted product. The mix of modern and traditional in our way makes our collection unique,” the designer said.

Sarees, the price of which range between Rs 3500-12500, are both earthy and contemporary in wild silk, hand-spun cottons and linens adding a unique touch to the ethnic wear.

They have also used the method of “print over print” which results in very fine “texture” effect, an almost translucent base effect wherein several layers of print are visible, one on top of the other.

Taking the initiative to promote the dying art, they are using village weavers whom they pay according to the work they do.

S Ginodia, who takes care of accounts and management of Karomi, said, “We respect their hard work and feel that they should get their due.”

“One of the reasons this art is dying out is because the pay is very low,” she added.

“The fabrics are characterized by subtle nuances of layering, coloring and texturing, and all the yarns are hand dyed,” Ginodia informed.

After showcasing their collection in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Coimbatore, next will be Ahmadabad and Baroda.

Ginodia informed that their future plan was to go international with their stole collections.

The price of stoles ranges between Rs 800-2000 and dupatas between Rs12000-1600. The price of kurties starts from Rs1500 to Rs 3000.

(Reporting by Nawaneeta Subba)

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