The sari soiree


India Today - - COVER STORY -

A home con­verted to a bou­tique and packed with an ex­clu­sive sari col­lec­tion in its nook and cranny is fash­ion de­signer Gau­rang Shah’s lat­est labour of cre­ativ­ity. A gar­den to rest your aching soles is a win­ner of the store lo­cated at the up­mar­ket Ju­bilee Hills neigh­bour­hood. Launched barely a cou­ple of months ago, Gau­rang Shah’s de­signer la­bel store, Gau­rang of­fers jamd­hani saris crafted with a mélange of fab­rics and just an inch of the in­tri­cate pat­terns on some of th­ese pieces takes up to a day to weave. The store re­flects the earthy ethos of Shah’s de­signs. Hand painted Andhra mo­tifs grace the arches and brass urlis— large cir­cu­lar con­tainer filled with wa­ter to float flow­ers— gives warmth to the space. The staff is will­ing and help­ful and you can chat with them to find out more about the weav­ing tech­niques while you browse through the de­signs. The bou­tique is also filled with sur­prises like a cot­ton sari with a jamd­hani weave pallu or a Kota silk sari with a broad raw silk bor­der. De­sign­ing broad bor­ders is Shah’s sig­na­ture style and since the pallu is usu­ally pleated to fall be­hind, the at­ten­tion is im­me­di­ately drawn to the beauti- ful front of the sari. IN­SIDER’S TIP If you like a sari de­sign but would like to have that on a du­patta or vice versa, it can be done, pro­vided you are ready to wait for a few weeks or even months some­times! MUST PICK Gau­rang’s jamd­hani on khadi du­pat­tas AT Road No 59, Ju­bilee Hills TEL 9849697095

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