Known for traditional designs in hand block prints, Kilol or “Play” came into being in 1986, when Mamta Mansingka played around with the hand-woven borders of the Maheshwari saree and embellished them with hand-block prints of Jaipur. And, lo and behold, the Kilol saree was born. It is now available in Kota, Chanderi, Tussar silks and Tussar cotton blends as well.
The shop, which originated in Madhya Pradesh, is now a chain across the country. It sells sarees, stitched and unstitched suit pieces in hand-woven cotton, terry voile, and silk – Tussar, Chanderi and Maheshwari; kurtis and stoles. They stock some jewellery pieces as well. Bedcovers quilts and cushion covers with Sanganer prints stand apart.
Apart from stocking Kilol fabrics, this shop also stocks salwar sets and churidar sets from RUI in Mumbai. Rui’s line of salwar sets includes vibrant block prints and embroidery on a variety of fabrics including cotton, terry voil,crepe and georgette.