With lush palm fronds waving at us from the big glass home windows on one facet, Silkworm Boutique has relocated to a brand new house in Gems Court docket down Khader Nawaz Khan Highway, and is bustling with exercise as their annual Tussar Competition is again after a two yr break. This time, showcasing beautiful handwoven weaves by Kausheyam, we quickly discover out that the Hyderabad-based model, a producer of handloom silks, was began in 1988 and has its personal clusters ofweavers throughout the nation. “We’re bringing tussars made at our Chhattisgarh unit for the competition in Chennai,” says Priyamvad Kabra, head of operations of the model, who provides that they’ve looms in Maheshwar, Bengal, Orissa and Benares, amongst different locations.
Showcasing a repertoire of saris, dupattas and materials in Chennai for the primary time, Priyamvad admits that the tussar materials is near his coronary heart. “The truth is Kausheyam means tussar silk in Sanskrit and our model had began with tussars at first.” Priyamvad tells us to look out for the ‘value-added’ saris — attractive tussars which have ajrakh, bandhini or kalamkari, including some craft-rich oomph to the drapes. What received us excited is that one can place an order for a bespoke sari the place you possibly can decide the weave, the shade, the design and some other value-added craftwork to your dream drape!
One can sit up for fascinating blends within the weave like tussar-matka, tussar-khadi and tussar-cotton, the place the latter guarantees a formidable thread rely andstands other than different silk-cotton variants. We study that it’s mainly silk blended with very wonderful gassed mercerised cotton. “We use a really wonderful high quality that’s 2/140 high quality cotton. We now have developed materials, dupattas and saris of this materials (Sico), and we have now modified the market’s mindset in regards to the cloth. There was a significant paradigm shift within the seasonality of the material that was all the time conceived to be a summer time cloth, however is now in demand all yr lengthy, owing to its mild weight, and the autumn that the material gives.”
Color me pastel
Priyamvad additional provides that we will additionally anticipate a set of Maheshwari dupattas (`900 onward) which are his private favourites. “These dupattas have a extra up to date palette — one can find cheerful summery pastel shades and the drape is mild and simple to put on with any ensemble. One other trendy collection is our vary of dyed dupattas and saris which are very versatile.” In the meantime, the tussar assortment leans in the direction of night put on with heat shades of deep greens and wine together with earthy hues.
Tussars from INR 7,000 (together with bespoke choices). November 19 – 21. At Silkworm Boutique.