Taking the silk route

Taking the silk route

colourful Sarees on display.

Here’s a chance for you to take the silk route and explore the different garments in silk. Silk Sutra an exclusive exhibition for women, currently on at Safina Plaza offers a variety in traditional and contemporary designs in an array of materials, shawls, stoles, handloom suits and accessories all woven from silk.

Weavers from Jaipur, Kolkata, Delhi, Chanderi, Hyderabad and other parts of the country have brought in their scintillating range of sarees in Ikats, Kalamkaris, Block Prints in Silk, Chanderi and Maheshwari, Eri Silk, Kosa Silk, Mulberry and Gadwal silk.
Sarees sunk in embroidery on silk and tussar motifs, a medley of block printing and stitch works are available in varied colours and designs. Attractive Kurtis with kasuti embroidery and Kanta stitch, beautifully paneled with the delicate craftsmanship are on show.

Mohammad Barkat Ali, a handloom merchant from Bharat Handlooms has set up his exclusive stall consisting of hand-made cotton silk and raw silk sarees, kurtis and dupattas. Sutra a mix of Tussar and Eri silks from New Delhi comprise Maheshawri and Chanderi silk sarees which have a delicate vatic paint and well worked out zari and kinari works.

A weaver from Avanti showcased his exclusive Gadwal sarees which comes with a silk border and cotton body. The sarees are woven in an interlocked-weft technique in traditional and contemporary styles. For the border he uses either Tussar or Mulberry silks. A pure silk version of Gadwal sarees with Maggam and Kalamkari works are also an integral part of his collection.

Bindu Srikuamar, a homemaker at the expo was amazed by the range of designs showcased at the exhibition. “I have been searching for a particular Tussar silk with Bengali katha stitch painting and I’ve found it here. The applique designs on these sarees and dress materials are attractive”, says Bhanu. There is a wide range of jewellery as well which include tribal, ethnic, junk, trendy and party accessories. Tribal oxidised jewellery inspired by Lambani tradition and ethnic jewellery made from copper mixed silver were also displayed at the expo.

  The exhibition is on till December 13 between 10 am and 8 pm.

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