Exclusive: CIMA unveils five looks from its Art in Life exhibition
If you have a taste for the best in fashion and love patronising the handiwork of weavers and artisans, then you cannot give CIMA (Centre of International Modern Art) Art in Life a miss. Hosted every year around this time before the Pujas, aiming to showcase the creative genius of weavers and craftsmen, this
year too, CIMA brings you the best of work from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal, with Manipur being the focus state. Whether it’s Hoysala brass work from Karnataka or ikat bedspreads from Andhra Pradesh or colourful dhurries and handcrafted wooden wonders from Rajasthan, you will find them all under one roof, alongside an eclectic range of handwoven nine yards on display. A wide range of dress materials, cushion covers, master woven saris, jewellery, bags and handcrafted masks will be on display too.
Rakhi Sarkar, who is at the helm of CIMA art gallery, stresses that this annual event attempts to show that beauty isn’t just background art on the margins of daily life — it never was historically; and that is what CIMA is interested in, to give back art its essential, aesthetic role. This exhibition on fashion, fine textiles and decorative arts, which has become a calendar event in the city, is also one of the most elite and finest platforms for national designers to showcase their sartorial prowess. This year too, CIMA is going to showcase some brilliant collections of reputed designers and brands including Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Sayantan Sarkar, Parama Ghosh, Amalraj Sengupta, Lata Sita, Earthroute and MAKU.
Indulge got an exclusive sneak peek into the collection and shot five looks with Tolly star Swastika Mukherjee, who looked resplendent in some of the choicest handwoven saris that will be up for sale at CIMA.
Swastika is seen wearing a light beige handwoven Karnataka silk sari. She has paired this sophisticated silk sari with a very bright purple blouse by Parama Ghosh and a black and pink Manipuri silk dupatta. The look is further enhanced with beautiful silver and gold costume jewellery and the make-up has been kept minimal with only bright purple lips to complement the look. This look is perfect for your Nabami night get-together.
The actor is wearing vibrant Kotpad silk, a traditional Odissi weave in blue red and white. The sari is
nicely paired with a white cotton blouse by Parama with red thread work, and the entire look has been accentuated with the heavy silver neckpiece. You can easily keep this look for your Ashtami morning to look different, yet elegant.
This Bengal cotton handloom in typical red and white is a must-have for your Dashami or Ashtami
morning. The traditional piece of cloth is complemented with a beige blouse by Parama. The look is accentuated with bright red lips and a red bindi, apart from some very beautiful silver accessories.
This one is a beautiful handwoven cotton sari from Fulia, in Bengal’s Nadia district. The green piece has been worn in the traditional Bengali style with a jazzy Marilyn Monroe imprinted blouse from Parama. This is a perfect look for your Saptami morning.
Nail your Ashtami night look with a gorgeous kanjeevaram from Tamil Nadu in black, gold and red. Swastika has chosen gold temple jewellery and a golden lip shade to complement the look.
Model: Swastika Mukherjee
Makeup: Prasenjit Biswas
Saris and accessories: CIMA Art
Blouses: Parama Ghosh
Styling: Neha Gandhi
Location courtesy: CIMA Art Gallery
Pictures: Satwik Paul