Friday 16 November, 2018
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Wearing your linen in public

BY RANI SHARMA, RANEEZ BOUTIQUE

Linen saris are emerging as an alternative to six yards of silk and cotton, and trickling into the consciousness of designers who wanted a different natural fabric to experiment their styles.

Linen is breathable but has the tendency to be stiff. When combined with hand-spun cotton like khadi, the garment turns softer and more malleable. Using linen with silk gives it sheen. Linen saris from Karomi have linen as prime yarn and 30 to 40 % khadi, cotton or silk. Its distinct texture makes it exciting for weavers and buyers.

Linen is used widely in the fashion industry and is made of fibers that are procured from the flax plant.

Red-black-white checked sari is skillfully designed and woven in the sophisticated ikat technique of weaving.

Blue and light gray saris has stripes and is embellished with light silver zari. This sari is a cool and refreshing fabric to wear during the hot summer months.

Jewelry: Only oxidized silver necklace and jhumkas.

Make-up: Big maroon bindi and kajal-lined eyes.

Accessories: Potli bags in cotton fabric with border.

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