| (From top) Models display saris from Chanderi Utsav being held at Mrignayani, the Madhya Pradesh state emporium at Dakshinapan, till May 20; designer Sharbari Datta at Sasha; a glimpse of African braiding hairstyles. Pictures by Rashbehari Das
What: Cotton Coolers, an exhibition to celebrate Fair Trade Week.
Where: Sasha at 27, Mirza Ghalib Street.
When: Till May 13.
Take a look: The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday afternoon by designer Sharbari Datta, looking elegant in a rich blue drape. “My association with Sasha goes back a long time and it’s always nice to be associated with such creative endeavours that they come up with. Their effort to promote rural artisans and forgotten crafts is praiseworthy,” said Sharbari.
The eight-day exposition has cottons from all over India showcased in various forms 'saris, stoles, casual shirts, kurtas and more. There are khadi saris from Orissa that are ideal for casual and corporate summer wear. Those in off-whites are co-ordinated with beautiful borders, both narrow and broad. Those in earthy hues have typical Orissa prints.
Cottons embellished with intricate kantha work come in shades of off-white and ochre. One can also choose from sober chikan tops and unstitched chikan fabric. Sleeveless tops, kurtas, wrap-around skirts and stoles from NGOs Ant and Mulberry are a fine mix of contemporary and traditional sensibilities. Natural dyed garments of AyurVastra from Kerala are said to cure ailments like rheumatism and heat rashes.
so available are embroidered cotton garments from Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan in Gujarat, mirror work outfits from Kala Aparajita, New Delhi, and T-shirts with eye-catching patua designs from Earth Craft, Calcutta. Team them with accessories that are a fusion of colourful beads, glass and metal.
Pocket pinch: The price tag reads Rs 200-plus.
Voiceover: “Cotton Coolers is our way of heralding the Fair Trade Week celebrations. We have amalgamated cottons from different regions that will provide good buys to combat the scorching summer,” said Roopa Mehta, executive director, Sasha.
What: Introduction of African braiding hairstyles.
Where: Marina salon at Beckbagan, near Mithai.
When: From end-April.
Take a look: This form of braiding has been introduced to beat the summer heat, particularly for those with voluminous hair.
Several designs can be acquired through this form of hair braiding, like the diamond shape, criss-cross and the Egyptian queen crown shape. The braids can be embellished with beads on the top and ribbons at the end to create a style statement of sorts.
Apart from the style factor, the braids allow free air passage to the roots of the hair, keeping it dry throughout the summer months. One can sport each style for as long as three months at a stretch while continuing to wash the hair even four times a week.
Pocket pinch: Prices range between Rs 800 and Rs 1,500, depending on volume and length of hair.
Voiceover: “It is stylish as well as very comfortable for the summer months,” says Marina Chang, proprietor of the salon.