The national handloom expo, an exhibition to showcase diverse range of handloom products from different regions in the country, will be held at Marine Ground on Beach Road here from February 16 to March 7.
Handloom units from 10 states will have stalls at the expo, director of Handlooms and Textiles, Sam C Ittycheria informed.
The items on display will include a wide variety of home furnishings, sarees, kurtas, towels, wall and floor coverings, apart from shawls from Kulu, scarves from Barabanki, home furnishing from Binjore, Ikat sarees from Sonepur and Bargah and Chanderi sarees, highlighting the rich Indian craftsmanship.
The expo is aimed at familiarising the modern designer handloom products and trends among customers and weavers in the region.
Traditional and modern blend of outfits will cater to the tastes of new generation, the organisers said.
As part of the expo a Buyer-Seller Meet will also be held on March 2.
A series of seminars and cultural programmes will also be held at the venue.
The expo is being conducted with the assistance of Central and State governments.
This is the second national handloom expo being held in the state.
Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty will open the expo at 4 pm on Saturday.
Panchayats and Social Welfare Minister M K Muneer will preside over the function.
Mayor A K Premajam will open the theme pavilion.
MLAs Elamaram Kareem and A Pradeep Kumar will also attend the function.