Vas­trakala, Chennai

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Vas­trakala’s clien­tele is dis­cern­ing, ex­act­ing and is aware of the value of ex­per­tise. No won­der then, that they are willing to pay the steep price tag which ac­com­pa­nies in­di­vid­u­al­ity. The em­broi­dery ate­lier is run by French­man Jean-Fran­cois Lesage, a third-gen­er­a­tion em­broi­derer of the Paris-based House of Lesage, which was ac­quired by Chanel in 2002. Vas­trakala is now counted among the cream of lux­ury em­broi­dered home fur­nish­ing. Housed in a gra­cious old bun­ga­low in Chennai, the ate­lier is home to ar­ti­sans who work hard to pro­duce per­fectly fin­ished pieces for de­mand­ing cus­tomers. Lesage

is pas­sion­ate about the nu­ances of de­sign, and is well versed in the art and his­tory of em­broi­dery. He takes pride in the con­ti­nu­ity and re­vival of a 5,000-yearold tra­di­tion that he takes great pains to pre­serve. by Jahnavi Chakravarty Visit: www.lesagein­

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