If you love to be draped in a sari and have a craze for handlooms, this expo is a must-visit for you. Called ‘Feel the lightness, Touch the softness,See the vibrance’, it has been organised by Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC) of India at Paryatak Bhavan.
Each sari is artistically designed by weavers from different States of the country. “Most of saris are labour intensive, designed by poor weavers in their cottages. The intricate work is done by skilled weavers,”said Suhail Alam, assistant manager of CCIC. Be it Chanderi, Maheshwari or Chikan work sari, Banaras cotton sari with zari borders from Tamil Nadu, the expo not only offers you a wide range of choice but are pocket-friendly too.
There are about 5,000 saris on display, each so beautiful that visitors are spoilt for choice. The wide collection of Bangru and Dabu print saris from Jaipur start from Rs 680, while Rajasthani kota saris and Lucknow chickan saris start from from Rs 10,000 onwards. Besides these, the sophisticated pure Banaras silk saris in tanchoi, brocade, chiffon prints, can be a part of your wardrobe by shelling out Rs 40,000.
“This exhibition has an amazing collection of saris from all over the country. We as educated citizens should promote handloom as it is the only source livelihood for the large number of weavers in India,” said Shailaja Suman, director general of Doordarshan, who was the chief guest for the event.
In addition, brass items, wooden articles, shawls, hand bags (leather and mirror works) and stoles are also being sold at the exhibition. The exhibition is open from 11am to 7pm, till May 16
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