Designs from nature

Incredible Choices

interested Visitors at the exhibition.

The 10-day exhibition features rare and innovative products created by some of the best traditional weavers from across the country.

The expo has a collection of hand-block printed and woven sarees and dress material from Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. The artisans have drawn inspiration from nature, which is reflected in all the products on display.

The speciality of the exhibition is the exclusive range of Kolkata Jamdani saris. “Only one piece of each design is available for these saris,” informed Manjula Raghuram, Assistant Manager, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited.

“There are only 18-20 sarees available and each of them has extremely intricate work done on them. Each sari takes about three months to be manufactured,” she added.

The Jamdani designs are originally from Dhaka and were later introduced in West Bengal.

Pan Patola (Telia Remal) saris are another speciality. Even though the entire cloth is woven, the weaves are so smooth that they look like block prints. The wide range of saris also includes Gadwal cotton, which comes with a silk border, giving the sari a very rich look.

Ikat saris, which had proved to be very popular in a previous exhibition, have been introduced again. “Ikat saris have a very limited production because of the kind of work done on them and also because the knowledge about the art is not much.
But there were some queries about these and we have kept about 20 pieces of these saris in the exhibition,” said S Mukherjee, General Manager, CCI.

Other saris available include Pochampalli and Mangalgiri cottons, Narayapet cotton saris from Andhra Pradesh, Chettinad sarees from Tamil Nadu, block-printed and Dabu printed cottons from Jaipur.

“Almost all the block-print designs come from Rajasthan,” informed Manjula. Apart from these, Benares cottons in pastel shades, printed Chanderis and Maheshwaris, Garad silk saris from West Bengal, Jussar Kantha work saris and Orissa silk saris are also available.

Fabrics are available in block-printed soft mull cotton, Bagru, Dabu and floral prints, Mangalgiri, striped, Nizam zari border cotton and Narayanpet cotton with colourful zari border. The exhibition is on till June 12, from 10 am to 7 pm.   

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