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Updated: September 15, 2013 18:48 IST

Silk routes

Zeenab Aneez
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The exhibition offers a variety of options in both daily wear and traditional party wear

Handlooms from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, silks from Assam, Banaras and Madhya Pradesh; this month’s weaves exhibition had a lot to offer in terms of variety, texture, colour and style. While these exhibitions are nothing new, this one at Sathya Sai Nigamagamam can be seen choc-a-block with customers, taking their time to wander through the various stalls in the hall, picking out garments of their choice.

Those looking for richer fabrics can treat themselves to saris and salwar sets made from intricately woven silk. The silk varieties on sale included trendy crepe silk, matka silk and tussar to the more traditional Uppada, Pochampally and Benares varieties. The tussar and matka saris are available in contemporary, geometric designs and bold colours. Some stalls have given the traditional weaves a twist by adding embellishments and embroidery. Kota or kalamkari options are available for daily wear. Saris are priced from Rs.1,500 to Rs.15,000 depending on the richness of the fabric and the uniqueness of the design and of course, the buyer’s ability to drive a good bargain.

Those who have a weakness for prints and colour can delight in the kalamkaris of Andhra Pradesh, batik work of Madhya Pradesh, kantha work from West Bengal and even some exquisite kashida embroidery from Kashmir.

This time one noticed an increase in ready made stores, especially from Jaipur, Bombay and Calcutta. Customers flocked around them to make quick purchases of cotton kurtas and pyjamas. At the same time, the exhibition also offers cotton and silk material, dupattas and borders in various shades for those who want to mix and match.

The exhibition offers more than clothes. Bedsheets are available in a wide range, from simple Rajasthani block prints to the more expensive appliqué work. The latter is sure to add colour to your home. There is also a rich selection of handloom cushion covers and curtains. The exhibition is open till September 17 at Sathya Sai Nigamagamam in Srinagar Colony.

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