Selection of unusual items

Charitable cause

Shopaholics of the City had one more reason to pay a visit to Chitrakala Parishat, which played host to ‘Pause for A Cause’, an exhibition-cum-sale of traditional textiles, fabrics, clothes, jewellery and accessories. The proceeds of this have gone in aid of the Concern India Foundation.

Being the season for splurging, this event presented a unique range of usable products at very reasonable prices. There was also the multicultural aspect to it, which ensured that there was something for every woman.

“I like to dress a little differently and this is a good exhibition to find the unusual. I like the availability of good-quality fabrics that aren’t easy to get hold of in such wearable forms,” notes Rupa, a visitor. After the inauguration by Kannada film actress, Pooja Gandhi, the place was buzzing with customers for all three days, on the lookout for something that would make them stand out in the crowd.

And the kind of things found under one roof was truly amazing — Bagalkot
ilkal saris, kalamkari saris, Andhra ikat weaves in suits and saris, Jaipuri prints on suits and quilts, Benares silks, Bengal handloom saris, varieties of weaves from Bhagalpur, Gadhwal and uppada saris, traditional prints on saris and suits with vegetable dyes, tribal, temple and the usual gold and silver jewellery, among others.

“We started this as a means to raise funds for our projects as well as give a platform to weavers and people who are good designers but can’t retail their work. It’s evolved into a brand name and people come here expecting something unique and different,” informs Pampa Chowdhury, branch manager, Concern India Foundation.

“What works for us is that we showcase something that you don’t get in a mall and is better than normal. We do this twice a year and our clientele save up to get their shopping done here. It’s a wide range of things that they can choose from,” she adds.

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