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Indian Spring Summer ’14

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Even though I am not one of those over enthusiastic dressers, Cecile d’Ascoli’s line of pure fabrics seemed like one of the most obvious choices to me this summer. French at heart but Jew by birth, she met her husband 9 yrs ago at the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, when their common friend introduced them to each other for sourcing Indian fabrics and embroideries. Destiny played its part well since now she is settled in the same country which helped her establish her work elsewhere and also find her soul mate.

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Accessories one would lovetobag

Metal Beads Pouch

“I’m thinking balls are to men, what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag but we’d feel naked in public without it.”

— Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw (“Sex And The City”)

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An Alternate to Ballet Flats

Handcrafted leather ‘juttis’- an alternate to ballet flats. Incredibly comfortable cushioned sole in vibrant prints; aptly named Fizzy Goblet as it infuses colour in our lives through the goblet shaped shoe, creating a fizz due to their creativity and ingenuity, everywhere you go.

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ekà ‘made in india’ women’s wear label

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

— Diana Vreeland

ekà ( ek in sanskrit ) means one; collectively master craftsmen i.e. weavers, dyers, block makers, embroiders and textile printers help in creating a discerning woman’s clothing using traditional textile techniques. Like all hand crafted textiles the label’s fuss is about the finest counts of khadi, indigo dyes, unique block prints like ‘Saudagiri’ and ‘Agrakh’, layered handmade indigo dyed voiles with ‘kantha’, luxurious light weight cottons in random shapes, suited for a sombre and individualistic fashion statement. Woven linen, khadi or wool in colour monotones are given little detailing without taking away from the natural characteristics of these fabrics.

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