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Organic designer wear from Julie Kagti | Bangalore

Julie Kagti shop interiorWhat you see – Housed in Hatworks Boulevard, an old heritage building that was once the Imperial Hatworks factory, on Cunningham Road in Bangalore, Julie Kagti is an apparel store by the renowned, qualified textile designer Julie Kagti. The store stocks hand-embroidered and textured textiles ranging across ethnic wear and casual wear for women, all designed by her. Julie learned the weaving technique at her grandmother’s knee in Assam and her collection showcases the revived form of the method with clothes styled to suit the modern lifestyle. Even though she uses a host of traditional techniques and old methods of embroidery, what really caught our attention were the contemporary designer outfits produced out of it.

What you get – At this store, you get lots of organic fabrics with  hand woven designs. Interestingly, these come with a tag that carries Julie Kagti's caricature. As Julie explains, it is a sense of humor and a deep respect for handwork that drive her to work.

Julie Kagti stocks a wide range of sarees, kurtas, quilted jackets and accessories like stoles and bags. It also has an assortment of some of the finest hand woven fabrics developed at Sutra - Knots on Cloth, the parent company started by Julie. All the fabrics are woven or dyed by traditional methods at Sutra. These include tussars, muga silk, crepe silk, chiffons, georgettes, kota, voile, mangalgiri cottons, jersey, chanderi and south silks. The brand applies techniques like shibori (a Japanese method of tying and dyeing), bandhini, hand embroidery, kantha stitch, hand appliqués, cut works, bead work, brocade work and block prints to embellish these fabrics.

The clothing and accessories come in rich layers of colors and textures. A versatile collection of sarees, from cotton handlooms in tropical shades and deep-toned double cloth tussars to silks, crepes and venkatagiris worked with shibori, applique, patchwork and embroidery is available for Rs. 1,800 to Rs. 13,000.

Stoles (Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 5,000) are available in myriad colors and textures with patchwork, cut outs and embroidery. There’s a bunch of tees, long kurtas (Rs. 2,600) and skirts in various styles and fits, with graphic illustrations hand worked onto them. An assorted range of western wear of cotton jersey combined with mulmul is also available. Some of the styles in western wear at Julie Kagti include quilted jackets (Rs. 7,000 onwards), pouch skirts (Rs. 2,385), tank tops (Rs. 1,000 onwards), shibori silk tops (Rs. 1,700) and a small collection of T-shirts with appliqué work available at Rs. 1,200 onwards.

Our verdict - Julie Kagti presents a perfect blend of fabrics and forms. MetroMela liked the aesthetic touch given to the apparel. The range of mangalgiri cotton sarees and an array of designer sarees in multiple hues and fabrics are worth giving a try. The collection at Julie Kagti is quite contemporary and is sure to lure women across different age groups. The staff does have the knowledge of fabrics and garments on display and chances are that you may come across Julie Kagti herself explaining you stuff at the store. The store has a trial room and parking space is available in the premises of Hatworks Boulevard.

Anytime between – 11 AM - 8 PM (Closed on Sundays)

By Sanskrity Sinha


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