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(From left) Vinita Passary, Padmini Narayanan, Bharati Ray, Priti Patel and Rita Bhimani at Weavers Studio on Friday. Pictures by Pabitra Das
Nil browses through the ikat collection

Hyderabad-based label Translate has come to town with a Puja special ikat exhibition at Weavers Studio in 5/1, Anil Moitra Road. On till August 25, the collection is a medley of contemporary hand-woven ikat clothing for men, women and children — from saris and kurtas to stoles, tunics, dresses and shirts.

“We are working with weavers to revive the dying art form of ikat. Ours is a ready-to-wear line that is contemporary in its styling while adhering to age-old traditions. We have concentrated on the tightness of the fabric, ensured it has a good fall and that the colours don’t bleed, and the dyes are skin-friendly,” said Vinita Passary of Translate.

The team of guests that dropped by on Friday to check out the spread included Padmini Narayanan, Sharbari Datta, Bharati Ray, Priti Patel, Abhishek Dutta and Rita Bhimani. “The colours and patterns are so much fun and it’s a great opportunity to shop since the Pujas are almost here,” said designer Nil, who picked up a grey-and-black ikat stole that he “fell in love with”.

“I love wearing traditional weaves. So this ikat exhibition seemed like a good place to start looking,” added Dona Ganguly.

The ikat items start at Rs 5,000 for saris, Rs 2,500 for women’s kurtas, Rs 1,500 for stoles, Rs 1,700 for menswear and Rs 650 for children’s clothes.