How to look simple yet elegant in a sari? ‘Sonia Gandhi Sari’ on display at the Silk and Cotton Expo 2013 organised by Sarthak Silk and Handloom Welfare Society, New Delhi, at Women’s Association Hall has the answer. The sari with plain shades embellished with thin ‘pallu’ priced from `4,600 has become a rage among women.
‘Ganga Jamuna Saraswathi saris with three colours in pallus that have come all the way from Odisha and ‘National award’ saris which have designs of the national awards and Konark temple wheel saris are other attractions.
Traditional silk and cotton saris from 11 states are displayed at the exhibition in which about 40 craftsmen are participating. For the lovers of cotton saris there are umpteen varieties to pick from. The price starts from `500.
Vijay Chug, president, Sarthak Handloom Welfare Society, said that Kochiites love the saris with traditional designs and Bhagalpur silks from Bihar. “Bhagalpur silk can be used for stitching shirts, churidhars, kurtis, kurtas and even saris. Kareena Kapoor saris from Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh also deserve special mention. The price starts from `7000. Vijay Chug said that through such an exhibition, the Sarthak Silk and Handloom Welfare Society, New Delhi, intends to reduce the intervention of middlemen, thereby giving a platform to the buyers to collect materials of their own choice and also to the weavers to sell their products at a cheaper price.
The expo that offers 20 percent discount on handloom and 10 percent discount on handicrafts, will conclude on February 10.