Steeped in tradition


Steeped in tradition

Ethnic: Customers taking a look at the saris.

If you are inclined towards traditional weaves and are fascinated by the contemporary twists to traditional garments then Weaves, the five-day expo provided that and much more.

The organisers brought in 20 artisans from across the country. The exhibition stocked the best of North and South Indian weaves. There were saris in Kanjeevarams and Dharmavarams that were mainly woven in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Made from mulberry silk, the saris had the grand gold thread work and quaint motifs.
Among the sarees that were  popular were the pochampaily of Andhra Pradesh, Bomkais of Orissa and patola of Gujarat. These sarees are woven in geometrical, floral and animal designs. These symbols are believed to bring in prosperity and good health.
The Gadwa is one where the border and pallu are in silk, woven individually and then attached together. Then there were a range of Paithani saris that came in as many colours with contrast borders. From up North there were the Lucknow chikan embroidery in cottons, crepes and chiffons. Saris and salwar materials in Batik was seen in almost every stall.

Most shoppers who trooped in were women. Sapna Hiremath, a business woman said that she waits for such exhibitions just to pick up traditional saris. “You get to choose from among the best in traditional weaves. All my silk saris have been bought at such exhibitions,” said Sapna.

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