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Vaya: Weaving heritage

Friday, September 17, 2010


If you want to add an Indian touch to your wardrobe, Vaya is the place to check out says Shalvi Mangaokar
Giving the city’s trendy fashion boutiques a break, here is a brand new handloom store. Vaya, meaning weaver, offers to you a variety of saris from the looms of Banaras, Kota, Kanchipuram, Bengal, Uppada, Maheshwar and Tussar. What’s refreshing is the fact that this store really has something different to offer, compared to other handloom shops.
You enter to see a spacious room filled with finely woven saris. And since it’s not congested, it gives you a lot of space to try on a sari and walk around.
The Rehwa society in collaboration with Indian Emporium, Bailou and Indira Broker has been showcasing their collection of handloom textiles in the form of the show Gulaal for the last 3 years. The store has a collection of them all.
Owner Mira Sagar has been associated with the Rehwa society for the last 20 years and it was her dream to open this store. “I have always wanted to open the doors to handloom in the city. Very rarely will you find such places here that offer you such saris,” she says.
Along with saris, they also offer dupattas, scarves, shawls and fabrics. The good part about this place is that they have something for everyone — right from working women to homemakers. From simple Tussar saris to the heavy Kanjivarams, there is also something for every occasion. The patterns and colours are very pretty and the fabrics fall beautifully.
The store is about two weeks old but the response so far has been good. Mira adds, “People have liked the idea and the concept of the store. We have had a fairly good response for the beginning and we’re hoping to see more people coming in.”
And being one of the very few handloom stores in the city really adds to Vaya’s appeal. Besides, the store is reasonable with saris priced `1000 onwards. Interestingly, it’s not just the money, but also the quality of the saris that make it worth an investment.
Where: Jeevan Kiran, next t o Suburbia, SV Road, Bandra
Contact: 26306556/7
A Bar for Beautyholics
... and every hour is a happy hour says Samreen Samad
Don’t have an aunt in America to bring you all your favorite brands of cosmetics and toiletries? Well, you don’t have to feel bad about it now, when Beauty Bar is just around the corner to solve all your beauty problems.
This lovely little store has renowned international and Indian brands of skin care, bath and body, perfumes and cosmetics, and they are all sold at a discounted price. Brands such as Bobbi Brown, Bumble n Bumble, Victoria’s Secret, Boots, to name a few, which were a dream to own, are now affordable and accessible. And the store doesn’t have pushy staff who follow you around to the point of annoyance.
Everything is neatly put up on display and you’re free to take your time and pick products. And for people who cannot visit the store, your products can be delivered to your doorstep. Delivery from Malad to Juhu is free and beyond that will be charged according to the size of the product to be delivered. They also take orders for specialised hampers according to your budget. Even the gorgeous Katrina Kaif’s make-up artist orders products from Beauty Bar.
Being beautiful has never been so easy.
Where: A/104 Sunrise Apartments, Lokhandwala Market
Contact: 40060490


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