KOCHI: Weavers from across the country are showcasing cotton and silk wonders at the ongoing Cottonfab-2015’ which is on at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium Ground, Kaloor.
The expo has on display a variety of cotton and silk saris, scarves, shawls, stoles, salwar materials and silk bedcovers and furnishings. It has brought together the best and the latest from the handloom weavers of the country.
The diversity in the country has translated into different regions developing their own traditions of hand weaving.
The result hundreds of weaves that boast of excellent workmanship, colours, prints and durability.
Among the fabrics in the expo, the mulberry silk specials include rich Kanchipuram, printed crepes, Dharmavarams, Belgaum and Hubli and raw silk saris from Karnataka, Banarasi brocade; Jamdani, Jamawar and Patolas form Uttar Pradesh. In the light weight category, there is traditional Chanderi, Maheshwari and Baag from Madhya Pradesh, tussar, eri, muga and kosa to name a few from the rich collection.
Ghichcha are the non mulberry or wild variety of silks from Bihar, Baluchari, Dhakai Jamdani and Shantiniketan Kantha with wild and village sight from West Bengal, Traditional Bomkai and Sambhalpuri Ikkat from Odisha, printed silk sarees from Jammu & Kashmir.
These varieties bring in contemporary designs and weave, making them popular for both occasional and daily wear for women of all age groups. The exhibition will conclude on May 11.