Colourful weaves on display

Vastrabharana

Appealing: Vyjayanthimala Bali taking a look at some of the items.

Weavers and jewellers from all over the country have come together under one roof at the Chitrakala Parishat to showcase their latest collections. Teeming with a variety of weaves and rich colours, the exhibition opened its door to a host of sari and jewellery lovers who waited patiently so that they could get the best buy on the very first day itself.

Speaking at the inauguration, Vyjayanthimala shared how she has always had a keen interest in designing her own saris and blouses. “I love the rich colours,” she exclaimed.

This year there are 41 stalls showcasing weaves from 15 different states. Be it the eye-catching patolas and shawls from Gujarat, the hand woven saris and batiks from West Bengal or the mangalagiri saris and saris with kalamkari work from Andhra Pradesh, the customers are spoilt for choice. Said Radhika, who set up a stall showcasing saris from Coimbatore, “This is a lovely opportunity for people like us to come and find out about people’s taste in Karnataka. This year we have brought a range of bright and colourful weaves and even a range of kanchivarams. People always look at kanchivarams as an expensive buy but we have brought in an affordable range that is rarely available in the City.”

The exhibition is a hit with both senior citizens as well as youngsters. Interestingly, even expats in the City came in looking for some ethnic weaves. Said Aida Golaszewski from France, “I have been living in the City for the last two years and I enjoy coming to such exhibitions as they come out with the most beautiful weaves I have every seen. I really liked the chikan embroidery and the banarasi silks.”

In addition, there are also stalls showcasing silver ornaments from Karwar, and beads, gems and thread jewellery from Jaipur.

The Vastrabharana Exhibition is open to public till October 4 between 10.30 am and 7.30 pm at the Chitrakala Parishat.

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