New Delhi: With monsoon knocking at the doors, it’s time to take out your umbrellas. Other than giving scorching sun a ditch, make a style statement in rains too.

The best place to look for some ethnic yet in vogue summer umbrellas is in Connaught Place bang opposite to Hanuman Mandir.

From a detailed appliqué work to kantha work everything is available on parasols there. Itishree Mohanty from Orissa Emporium said, "We have umbrellas made of cloth on which patch work and mirror work are done. They are made in villages in Orissa. The artisans there try and make the best use of the waste material and come up with beautiful designs."

The place has lady’s umbrella which they call as turupa and kid’s umbrellas as well. A small umbrella is available for Rs 198 and a big one costs Rs 691.

If you wish to add modern touch to the ethic style then umbrellas with kantha work done on silk cloth might just fascinate you. This is easily available in magenta and purple hues in Lapakshi Emporium. For these umbrellas you need to shell out Rs 700 plus five percent VAT.

Those who wish to experiment more might just try out umbrellas that are from South India. Just like the kings and queens used to sit on elephants and a huge umbrella with frills and gota used to give the whole thing a royal touch, these parasols have been made in a subtle way. Surinder Shrivastava from Kairali said, "These umbrellas are from Thiruvananthapuram. These are used generally on Onam festival but here in Delhi people use it to make a style statement and also to get protection from sun."

If all these ethnic umbrellas are not your cup of tea then a modern umbrella from Miss Jo will do the magic for you. Extremely light weight and available in a doll bottle, this handy umbrella can really make you look stylish.

(Courtesy: City Plus)