BANGALORE: Here is a good news for those who enjoy using handloom fabric. Harshakala, National Handloom Expo 2012, which began from Wednesday offers handloom products ranging from cotton kerchiefs to expensive silks, all under one roof in the city.
The Handloom expo is being held at Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds. The ongoing exhibition has more than 200 stalls covering an area of 27,000 square feet in which 78 hand-loom outlets from across the country will participate.
Weavers from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Orissa and other states of India are participating in the exhibition this year with the theme ‘Handlooms, a combination of nature and tradition’.
Handloom products in silk, cotton and wool are being showcased. As many as four lakh people are expected to visit the Handloom expo this year.
Minister for Textiles, R Varthur Prakash who inaugurated the 21-day event said that they are expecting `6 crore turnover from this year’s expo.
“Harshakala, is a Central government sponsored event along with state government’s aid. Customers will get 30 per cent rebate on products,” he said.
Secretary to Commerce and Industries Department G V Kongawad, Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation Limited chairman M D Lakshminarayan were present in the event.