Art In Life

t2 steps into the magic world of CIMA Art In Life, with Indrani Dasgupta

  • Published 13.09.15
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Before CIMA Art In Life 2015 unveils its treasures on September 14, former supermodel and t2 columnist Indrani Dasgupta dropped in to check out the display at the much-awaited annual lifestyle exhibition of exquisite master-woven saris, fashion wear, dress material, accessories, home decor items and handicrafts.

Here’s just some of what Indrani loved!

The accessories section was Indrani’s first stop. “I am either an earring or a neckpiece person. I am not into jewellery really, but I like wearing that one piece, specially earrings,” she said, slipping on a stack of bangles. “This white bangle makes all the difference. You wear these cuffs and you don’t need to wear anything else,” she added, putting them in her shopping bag. [White bangle for Rs 300; cuffs for Rs 225 each]

Bags from Kutch caught her eye. “This is so nice. The work is really intricate. There is not much mirror. What I really like about them is the coin detailing,” said Indrani. [Bag for Rs 5,450]

“Are these tribal?” asked Indrani, trying out a tribal-design neckpiece in front of the mirror at one of the most popular spots in Art In Life. [Neckpiece for Rs 275] 

“I would wear this with a plain white T-shirt, denims and a jacket. This is a strong, big piece and does not need much along with it. It has strong metallic elements. The good thing is you can wear it any length. This will also look nice with a deep V-neck shirt, so that it peeks out from inside. It is a very nice piece,” said Indrani, about the fun neckpiece designed by an architect.  
[Neckpiece for Rs 22,250; cocktail ring for Rs 100]

“This is a nice decorative cabinet,” said Indrani, pulling open the door of the wooden cupboard made in Rajasthan.
[Rs 8,250]

The dark wooden masks from North Dinajpur captivated Indrani. “I’m just very intrigued by masks. I find it fascinating that you make something like a mask as art. They are so dramatic that they transfix you.” 
[Black wooden mask for Rs 12,500; the table (from Kerala) for Rs 25,950]

The colourful corner of woven baskets and bags from south India stopped Indrani in her tracks. “They are so beautifully finished. They will make such wonderful organisers. The small boxes can be used to give away little gifts,” she said. The wine bottle-holder was her pick. “This will be a very innovative and different way to gift somebody wine.” [Bottle-holder for Rs 1,075]

Saris claimed most of her time, and Indrani just couldn’t get enough! “Can I see some more?” she laughed. What bowled her over? The khadi collection, specially the ikats. “These are stunning... such striking saris. I love ikats. I think they are very stylish and modern,” she said, draping one over her Sabyasachi dress. “It is so hard to be a woman... the world of choices! When you see so many saris, you feel like you should only wear saris,” added Indrani, cutting a pretty picture in the white-black-red-yellow ikat. 
[Silk ikat for Rs 13,750 (above); khadi ikat for Rs 7,995 (right)] 

CIMA ART IN LIFE WILL BE ON FROM 11AM TO 8PM EVERY DAY FROM SEPTEMBER 14 TO OCTOBER 19 AT CIMA (SUNNY TOWERS, 43 ASHUTOSH CHOWDHURY AVENUE)

Pictures: Rashbehari Das

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