KOCHI: A profusion of silk has appeared in the city. The Silk India-2017, with more than fifty stalls, representing units from various states showcasing the magnificence of silk and silk products has begun at Gokulam Park Convention Centre at Kaloor.
The exhibition is being organised by Hastashilpi Artisans and Weavers Welfare Association.India has a great variety of silk items: Tassar, Eri, Mulberry and Muga are the prominent ones. Tassar and Muga are wild varieties cultivated by silkworms fed on organically grown trees. “Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam and Chattisgarh are the three States where Tassar and Muga are produced,” said T. Abhinand, Chief coordinator of Hasthashilpi.
There are all types of silk sarees too. They include Georgette Silk, Paithani, Poona, Sambalpuri, Ikkat, Bomkai, Kosa, Jute, Mysore, Crepe & Chiffon, Kanchipuram, Darmavara, Raw Silk and Tassar, Mangalagiri and Ponchampally, Dhaka Silk, and Handloom Silk Cotton Saris, among many others.
Equally captivating are the Silk Shawls, Pashmina shawl, Silk Blends Fabrics/ Furnishing, Hand Block Print Saris, Suit and Silk Bed Covers, Designer wear, Kurtis, Hand Woven Matka & Assam Muga Fabrics, Embroidered designer silk saris and dress materials. The fair is open between 10.30 am and 8.30 pm. It concludes on December 19. Entry is free.