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Vakil dares to be traditional

Vakil is one of India's leading revivalists. This collection can only enhance her reputation. First out was a subtly worked range of indigo dyed saris and kurta/churidars featuring Kutchi bandhini.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2003 17:40 IST
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Anuradha Vakil is one of India's leading revivalists. This collection can only enhance her reputation.

First out was a subtly worked range of indigo dyed saris and kurta/churidars featuring Kutchi bandhini and badla work. The effect was a very sophisticated esthetic.

Innovation came not only from the contemporisation of the traditional Kutchi colour palette and adaptation of the resist dye techniques, but Vakil also showed some interesting design features with daringly low plunging 'V' necks and a well managed square neck that dipped low at the back.

Other of her ranges featured Chettinad weaving, and an empathetic mélange of antique and contemporary pieces.

Grovers stick to pastel shades

The first range to hit the ramp in the second half of this show was a line of soft feminine pastels in western silhouettes which were pretty much in line with the main trends we've seen so far this week. The key piece in the range was a lovely calf length handkerchief hem georgette dress with hip sashes and a high neckline that plunged dramaticallythe back.

The most interesting line was one of crinkle cut tops of varying styles and lengths in muted colours worn over long skirts or pants and finished with dramatic brocade obis.

First Published: Jul 22, 2003 17:40 IST