Royal Fables in Mumbai
On a Tuesday, last month, the festive quotient of the season was enhanced — for it seemed as if regal tales were being scripted in the Imperial Hall at Mumbai’s St. Regis hotel. Several royals — some dressed in delicate chiffon saris, their pallus draped over their heads, others in more contemporary ensembles — were seen meeting and greeting each other, even as numerous stalls were swiftly getting their final touches for the opening of Royal Fables, 2015 that spanned two days in the country’s financial capital. Eye-catching outfits, intricate handicrafts, and stunning jewellery vied to grab people’s attention.
It is no wonder then that Verve’s invitees for the exclusive preview took their time to browse through the rich and resplendent offerings of design and art. Among the items on display were craft and textiles from the Palace Atelier collection, led by Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur; oleographs and textiles from HH Maharani Radhika Raje Gaekwad of Baroda; pure gold woven saris by Thakurani Darshana Kumari of Mandawa; hand-painted saris by Rajkumari Alkarani Singh of Pratapgarh, and organic cotton ensembles by Kanwarani Kamini Singh of Seohara.
The art wall drew many visitors as it displayed contemporary works from across India. It featured the signature art of Pichwai by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh, and Kalamkari-inspired and wildlife art from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan by Rajkumari Nandini Singh of Jhabua.
A sumptuous lunch was co-hosted by Verve at Seven Kitchens. Here, a curated book, The Lalbagh Palace, was gifted to Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh. The chief guest on the occasion was Princess Rajyashree Kumari of Bikaner. The guests exchanged notes, and relaxed over wine and an expansive repast. Their palates satiated, they returned to the colourful and extravagant fiesta, walking through the inner and outer spaces and emerging with bags filled with tasteful choices.
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