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Published: 10th February 2014 10:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2014 10:43 AM   |  A+A-

An array of exquisite silk handlooms beckon visitors at  Silk Fab, an exhibition-cum-sale of silk products at Rama Varma Club. The show organised by Ministry of Textiles and National Handloom Development Corporation has a large collection of traditional fabrics woven by expert artisans from the remote end of the country.

The exhibition has a whole range of silk saris, salwar suits, dupattas, stoles and other textiles. For the lovers of Pochampally Ikat silks, there is an exclusive collection of saris in varied hues from Andhra Pradesh. The silk and cotton mix drapes are much popular among the Kochiites. Artisans from the land also offer Gadwal and Dharmavaram variety saris too. Assam Muga silk, the most expensive on the show, is also available for reduction prizes.

Saris with intricate Madhupani print from Bihar are another highlight of the expo. Floral handprint that depicts the tales of yore are a huge hit among the femme fatale of the city. Tussar silk, the soft fabric noted for its simplicity and colour combinations, and hand embroidered Kantha silks are also attracting women in droves. Saris with tribal design from Chattisgarh stands as a testimony to the acumen of the weavers from the state. The stalls from the land also has Kosa and Kantha Saris.

Muga silk saris from Assam are astonishing for their bright colours. The traditional Gathjola and Patola collection of saris from Gujarat carry the history of the place. The stoles,  salwar suits and printed silk saris from Jammu and Kashmir are a visual treat to the viewers for their chic designs and colours. Sambalpuri silk saris from Odisha is a rare collection that has some unique designs. The fair also offers Chanderi and Maheswari silks from Madhya Pradesh, Paithani, Pune saris from Maharastra, Bandhej silks from Rajasthan, Chintamani and Kasuti silk from Karnataka, Tanchoi, Jamdani and Jamewar silks from Uttar Pradesh and Baluchari and Tangail silks from West Bengal are other attractions. The nine yard Kanjivaram silk sari from Tamil Nadu is available in alluring designs.

The exhibition will conclude on Monday. Timings are between 11:am to 8:pm.

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