India is a country very popular for handlooms. The handlooms of our country act as a mirror for the diversity we share under one roof. Bringing this diversity to the customer base is the Silk India - 2014 by Hastashilpi Artisans and Weavers Welfare Association. The silk fair offers a wide variety of Mysore silk, crepe, georgette, chiffon and many more.
Coming to the city for the first time, the exhibition offers a great variety – from mix-and-match handlooms to bright colours and patterns. The material is available as sarees and dress materials from weavers across the country, viz., Kolkota, Bengaluru, Chirala, Madanapalli, Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya and so on.
The ‘Tie-and-Dye’ of Rajasthan, Bandhej and Kutch embroidery of Gujrath, Batiks of Madhya Pradesh, Kalamkaris of Andhra Pradesh, Kasuti prints of Karnataka and Kashida of Jammu and Kashmir are some of the popular varieties.
Warli, kundan and cut works also seem to be the toast of the season, with many sarees designed in these patterns. While warli work is primarily seen on tussar silk sarees, kundan work has made a comeback thanks to the wedding season, used for heavy bridal wear like lehangas done in georgette and embellished with heavy zari.
For people looking for something different, weavers from Assam have brought their traditional two-piece attire called ‘Mekhala chadar’, a jute and cotton mix garment that can be draped like a saree but without the front pleats.
However, the biggest sellers seem to be the Kalamkari and Uppada sarees. While Kalamkari paintings on tussar silk sarees are a hit, Uppada sares have become some of the most expensive in the market with beautifully hand woven patterns and double shades with motifs like parrots, lotus and mangoes.
Other interesting picks at the exhibition include Dhaka silk from West Bengal, a very thin weave of silk decorated with patch and print works, and cut work, not just on sarees but on furnishings like bedsheets, pillow covers, table mats, etc.
Last but not the least, there are also Kutch embroidery lehangas, duppattas, and handbags to choose from.
The expo will go on till January 29 from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm at the Sri Satya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar colony.