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Rajasthani fabric designs

Rajasthan has such a wide and vibrant collection of textile designs and fabrics that is sure to leave a person bankrupt if his wife is left alone to shop! Too bad my husband didn’t realise that.
On a recent trip to Bikaner, I was accompanied by two friends on a shopping trip where our sole aim was to get some exquisite sarees, bed sheets and table covers. It took us three entire days to properly scan the old market area of the city and shop to our heart’s fill.
In sharp contrast to Rajasthan’s colourless topography, the fabric here is extremely vibrant and colourful. Craftsmen put in a lot of effort to get the designs and motifs onto the fabric and their hard work is evident in their product’s popularity.
Sanganeri fabric is the most common form of block printed cotton fabric in which wooden blocks are used to create some stunning motifs. Sanganeri prints on bed sheets and table covers are my personal favourite, though I would rarely let go of an opportunity to buy a Sanganeri saree.

Sadly, I couldn’t find good curtains with Sanganeri print. So I got this crazy idea of buying a nice Sanganeri saree, cutting off the pallu, and cutting the saree in half to make a set of two curtains. I, however, made the stupid mistake of saying this out aloud in front of the saree shop owner. He was scandalised to say the least! He went all musical on me, “Madem ji, aap saree ka parda banaoge? Itni acchi saree… aur uska parda!!??
I tried to calm him down, but I have a suspicion that from thereon, he was reluctantly showing me sarees, probably imagining me as a saree-slaughterer.

There we are, bringing every item off the shelf.
There we are, bringing every item off the shelf.

Now that we are talking about sarees, how can I not mention Bandhej and Leheriya? These sarees, mostly on chiffon, are a big hit among women, right from a humble village woman to the aristocratic royals.
Kota-doriya and supernet sarees also has a rich look and the best part is that they are quite pocket friendly. Where a chiffon Leheriya or Bandhej saree costs about Rs3000 (or Rs500 for synthetic machine printed ones), Kota-doriya or Supernet sarees’ cost starts from Rs1000 and goes up depending on the design and zari work on the border.
If you feel Sanganeri bed sheets are beautiful, then wait till you hear its price — trust me you will fall in love with the pricetag as well! Shelling out just Rs500 for a bed sheet-pillow cover set does not pinch the pocket at all! Have a look at these sarees and fabrics which I have posted below. The shopkeepers at Laxmi Sarees and Deepak Textiles in Bikaner were kind enough to let me click pics while we were all haggling for prices (women will be women).

Black Bandhej Saree, a rare colour in Rajasthan.
Black Bandhej Saree, a rare colour in Rajasthan.
Electric blue Bandhej Saree with a unique design.
Electric blue Bandhej Saree with a unique design.
Dual coloured Leheriya pattern
Dual coloured Leheriya pattern
Supernet Sarees with zari borders
Supernet Sarees with zari borders
Sanganeri printed table covers and bed sheets. These items usually come in a white-base fabric, but you can get it in pastel colours if you are lucky.
Sanganeri printed table covers and bed sheets. These items usually come in a white-base fabric, but you can get it in pastel colours if you are lucky.
A typical Indian patch-work bed cover which is made in Rajasthan.
A typical Indian patch-work bed cover which is made in Rajasthan.

There was a baddy lover, who lived in a shoe

I love badminton and it was a part of my duties as a sports journalist to cover this sport. It is always a thrilling and energising experience to be at any badminton tournament, doesn’t matter if its a district level tournament or a Super Series. And now that we have some great badminton players, it’s an even cheery experience to watch the matches as the crowd cheers on.

For the first time, after I quit my job to take a break post-marriage, I travelled to New Delhi to watch the third Indian Open Super Series in April 2013 to attend this tournament purely as a¬†‘spectator’. And trust me, if you are covering a tournament, the chances are you might overlook certain interesting¬†bits on court,¬†but¬†as a spectator stories would just jump¬†up in your face.

And so that April I was mesmerised by how colourful and vibrant badminton players’¬†apparels and¬†shoes are. ¬†This time I had a camera with me and had ample time to laze around at the Siri Fort Stadium.

Neon is particularly in fashion and it was surprising (and unsettling) to see some players wear it. Badminton superpower China had this eye-popping florescent orange uniform with matching shoes and it seemed they were trying to blind their opponents across the net. I just went crazy looking at all those colourful shoes!

FYI, the¬†single pair of shoes in yellow, belong to our super star PV Sindhu. ūüėČ Her entire picture took too much of space.