Wo­ven Won­ders

Protha

India Today - - COVER STORY -

With hash­tags like #iwearhand­loom and #100sa­reep­act still very much in vogue, this bou­tique in Lake Gar­dens owned by singer Lopa­mu­dra Mi­tra is a quick stop if you want to pick up some­thing that is rooted in tra­di­tion. The Kolkata-based singer who is known for her Rabindrasangeet and Ben­gali folk songs, al­ways makes it a point to wear clas­sic weaves for her stage per­for­mances. “It was my pas­sion for sa­rees that led to Protha, which means a cus­tom, tra­di­tion or prac­tice. In­dian weaves are a beau­ti­ful part of our her­itage and they must be pre­served,” she says. In her store are au­then­tic kalamkari, Bha­galpuri tas­sars, light­weight linen sa­rees, a variety of weaves from Odisha and Ban­ga­lore silks—all per­son­ally cu­rated by her. Never mind if you do not quite know your sa­rees. Protha has knowl­edge­able shop at­ten­dants who can guide you about in­tri­ca­cies of the each sa­ree’s weave and work­man­ship.

For gift­ing, you can pick up stun­ning sil­ver jew­ellery, in­clud­ing chunky ear­rings, state­ment neck­pieces cock­tail rings that are also dis­played in the store. Mi­tra has also started a menswear line called Pu­rush, which has sim­ple breath­able cot­ton shirts with ajrakh and block print cot­ton shirts.

PRICE Rs 1,000 for jew­ellery to nearly Rs 20,000 for ex­quis­ite hand­vowen kan­thas

AT Cho­ruib­haati, 150/2

Lake Gar­dens

Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER

Singer and owner Lopa­mu­dra in a silk Kalamkari sari from Protha

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