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A royal heritage of design

A lifestyle exhibition in the Capital sees a royal melange of sorts, as it has members of some royal families of India and Nepal coming together.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 14, 2011 00:22 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

A lifestyle exhibition in the Capital sees a royal melange of sorts, as it has members of some royal families of India and Nepal coming together. The exhibition, Royal Fables, which begins today, presents products created by present day scions of leading Indian royal families.

Fourteen designers of royal lineage have re-created the rich heritage of design in a contemporary avatar through saris, jewels, beaded jewellry, wildlife sketches, paintings and much more at this exhibition curated by Anshu Khanna, a media professional.

Sari"I will be exhibiting chiffon saris with exquisite thread work, sequins, zari and more. These are the designs that were worn by my mother and aunts, and were the trendsetters," says Rani Sushma Kumari of Sahaspur Bilari. The price range of her collection is Rs.10,000 onwards. "Miniature paintings are a big part of the culture at Kishangarh. I have revived this art form through an initiative called Studio Kishangarh. We have given a contemporary touch to these paintings at our studio," says princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh.

Along with the Kishangarh miniature paintings, hand painted cushion covers, bed covers, dupattas, kurtas and much more will also be on display. “I have bought with me the iconic Tanka and Pauwa paintings from Nepal. The Tanka paintings will be exhibited for the first time in India,” says Rana Raja Gautam of Nepal. The price of the Tanka paintings is Rs.40,000 onwards and the Pauwa paintings begin at Rs.1 lakh. While the originals are only for display, the copies would be on sale. The proceeds will be donated to Khushi, an NGO.

Check the royalty
What: Royal Fables
Where: The Metropolitan Hotel, Bangla Sahib Road
When: October 14 to 16
Time: 11am to 8pm
Nearest Metro Station:
Patel Chowk on the Yellow Line

Other participants
Rani Darshana Kumari of Mandawa — Saris woven in pure gold and silver
Princess Jyotsana Singh of Jammu and Kashmir — Enamel art
Kunwarni Kavita Singh Jodhpur — Jewels
Baisa Pushpita Singh of Kehrwa — contemporary beaded jewellry
Aapji Vikramaditya Singh — Wildlife sketches
Alka Rani of Pratapgarh — Hand painted saris
Begum Farah Mir of Surat — Heritage weaves
Rani Kamini Singh of Seohara — Yoga and festive wear
Rajkumari Priti Singh Kuchaman — Hand tucked quilts
Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur — Royal Palace museum collection
Radhika Raje Gaekwad of Baroda — Art prints from the Gaekwad collection