Aesthetique’s three-day exhibition of handloom and handcrafted products, Looms Weaves and More, in association with The Telegraph was a colourful display of a festive collection comprising saris, kurtas, designer blouses, salwar suits, Indo-Western outfits, dupattas, home linen, accessories and more. Showcasing works by weavers and artisans from all over the country, it was specially curated to cater to contemporary styles and trends.
The Telegraph checked out the collection in each stall at the show and picked some that are just perfect for the festive season.
Benaras Handlooms (Varanasi): Carry these stylishly designed and spacious zari handbags with meenakari work to keep your cash, valuables and essential make-up items safe and handy while pandal-hopping. Price: Rs 250 to 300
Naksha (Kolkata): The highlight of this tussore silk sari is its gorgeous, hand-painted Buddha-themed pallu. Contrasted with its yellow body, the bright hues of the pallu enhance its beauty. You can even drape the pallu in interesting styles for a more glamorous effect. Price: Rs 8,200
Darshan Handicrafts (Gujarat): Team up a sari in contrast colours with these handwoven kala cotton blouses made by artisans of Bhujodi craft village in Kutch, for that smart, casual and ethnic look. Price: Rs 1,500
Vankar Parbat Kanji (Kutch): Designed and handcrafted by self-help women’s groups in remote villages of Kutch, this soof-embroidered soft, woollen shawl is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. Price: Rs 40,000
Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra (Karnataka): Drape yourself in these six yards of cotton khadi with Lambani tribal hand-embroidery and mirror work for a dignified, sophisticated look. Price: Rs 8,000 to 10,000
Silver Lining by Ishita (Darjeeling): Pair your choice of ethnic or fusion wear with these large disc-shaped silver danglers with Durga motif to complete your look at any Puja-themed party. Price: Rs 4,000
Disha Sekhawati (Rajasthan): Dress up as the prettiest devotee in town with this bright red mulberry silk sari with shibori work, crafted by women karigars of rural Rajasthan. Price: Rs 11,500
Face (Jharkhand): This Nandi sari with aari work on raw tussore is a statement in sophistication and is sure to draw envious glances wherever you go. Price: Rs 35,000
Sri Devi Handloom (Hyderabad): A unique work of craftsmanship, this Telia rumal-style sari in pure silk with nine motifs and in a classic red-and-black combination, is sure to make you the cynosure of all eyes at any Puja pandal. Price: Rs 24,000
Pair this pen-kalamkari handworked silk dupatta in dancing girls motif with any monochrome salwar-kameez to add a bright, cheerful and festive feel to your ensemble. Price: Rs 2,500
Pictures: B. Halder