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Making the sari easy !

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Shopping: Sakhi opensa small store in Sadashivnagar and launches its new crossover sari as an incentive to visit.

The sari transforms itself into various things in the hands of Chandra and NeetaRajendran, the mother-daughter duothat form Sakhi Fashions. The Crossover Sari is theirlatest offering — where they’ve combined the drape of a lehenga with a less bulkier pallu.

The new collection marks the launch of Sakhi by Chandras’ third store in Bangalore. Tucked away in a quiet leafy corner of Sadashivnagar, on the banks of the Sankey Tank, and sharing space with the famous Taranginiblock printing studio, is this small store.
The Rajendrans decided to open this store for fans of their creations in North Bangalore, whofind their Indiranagar and Jayanagar storestoo far off to go shopping to. “Also, it was in Malleswaram that I first started making my creations,so I had to come back here,” smiles Chandra, wearing oneunbelievable cream and maroon crossover sari trimmed with a Kalamkari frill!
In some of these crossover saris, like the one Chandra wore, they’ve added frills at the bottom of the pleats to add volume and bounce to the sari. And then instead of the traditional pallu, it’s got a dupatta-like pallu — the width of the pallu alone is thatof a dupatta, making it less bulky and therefore easier to handle. “We experimented quite abit to arrive at this design,” says Neeta, dressed to kill in a teal blue and hot pinksari.
Then there’s the Anarkali range with its old world charm (it sort of reminded me of Mumtaz from Hindi films of the late-60s and early-70s). The kalis or panels are pre-stitched so you don’t even need to pleat the sari! And atthe end of it all it offers the fish-tail gown look. “We keep reinventing the look of the sari because, after all, most peoplethese days prefer the sari as occasionalwear, rather than everyday wear,” says Chandra.
The other Sakhi specials are at the store too — their sheer and brocade range, as well as the half-n-half sari. “We’re also trying to stress on our online store sakhifashions.com. So sometimes we take orders on that, and for people rushing to the airport, this store becomes a stopover to pick up their readied sari on their way to catch their flight,” says the smart businesswoman in CEO Neeta.
Also on offer are Kanchivaram silks with specially designed colour palettes, hand-block print saris, designer cutwork saris, readymade blouses that you can mix and match with your grand Kanchivarams. Of course, salwar kameez sets can’t be far behind. There are also accessories that range from earthy terracotta, to silk bangles, Jaipur semi-precious bead jewellery, clutches and potlis, Benarasi brocade footwear — basically all you wouldneed to complete thelook of the sari for anoccasion.
The Crossover range is priced Rs. 7,000 to 15,000, Kanchivaram silks from Rs. 10,000 to 25,000, designer cut work saris from Rs. 6,000 to 35,000, and accessories fromRs. 200 to Rs. 10,000. Ready made dress sets come in the range of Rs. 950 to 5950.
The store is at Tarangini, 12 cross, Sadashivnagar (Aramane Nagar), in the lane opposite theSadashivnagar Police Station. It’s open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week, and is closed on Sundays. Call 65703377.

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