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A truly regal rendezvous

Royal Fables, an exhibition to showcase a collection of heirloom quality products, created or conceptualised by members of royal families of India, opens on October 21.

art and culture Updated: Oct 20, 2010 01:28 IST
Aroma Sah

It’s every girl’s secret fantasy to dress up in regalia like the princesses do. And now the dream can turn to reality, as 11 princesses bring to the city, collections close to their heart.

Unveiling the royal design legacy is Royal Fables, an exhibition to showcase a collection of heirloom quality products, created or conceptualised by members of royal families of India. The exhibit opens on October 21, at The Atrium, DLF Emporio, with high-tea, attended by the princesses. The products on display will be put up for sale on October 22 and 23.

Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur will be inaugurating the event and putting up products from her stable in the exhibition. Rani Shubhangini Raje Gaikwad of Baroda says, “We are bringing artifacts, the proceeds from the sales will go to the Maharaja Satya Singh museum. There are cards, post cards, cushion covers and even old paintings printed on cushion covers that will be put up for sale. (Princess) Radhika (Kumari) has designed a lot of these products herself. The Chanderi saris in pure zari have been designed by me.”

Princess Diya Kumari says, “When I was invited, I thought that it will be a great opportunity to showcase Jaipur.” There will be miniature paintings, blue pottery, kundan-meena jewellery, bandhni-leheria products and hand block printing products that will be showcased, among others from the Jaipur royalty during this three-day exhibition. These will be ranged from Rs.2000 to Rs.12 lakh.

Dinaz Madhukar, vice president, DLF Emporio says, “We are more than just the luxury brands that sell here. Luxury has a direct connect with the royalty. So we thought of getting the princesses together. We got an overwhelming response from the princesses, who thought of it as a get-together for all of them as well.”

Madhukar adds, “The atrium can take only a limited number of people. So we limited the number of participating princesses to 11. But we are planning to make this a regular property of Emporio to carry on the tradition.”