10 per cent discount offered; Poompuhar expects sales of Rs. 7 lakh

Handloom products from different parts of the country such as Jaipur, Haryana, Varanasi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal could be viewed and purchased at a special exhibition being conducted at Poompuhar showroom in the city.

The handloom exhibition was opened to public on Monday and will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. till August 17, except Sundays at Singarathope in the city. The collections are priced between Rs. 60 and Rs. 15,000, and one could avail of a discount of 10 per cent on handloom items. The highlights of the exhibition are silk items priced between Rs.12,000 and Rs. 14,500.

The 13-day exhibition will feature unique collections such as Madurai Sungadi saris, Valanar saris, Banaras silk saris, cotton handloom saris, chudidhars, gaghra cholis, tops, skirts, and nighties.

Accessories such as Pashmina shawls, silk scarves, silk shawls, and silk bags are available.

Patchwork bed-sheets, sofa back covers, dewan sets, cushion covers, door and window curtains, woollen carpets, quilts, silk table cloths, silk wall hanging sceneries, and different silk products can be purchased. The stock value of the items on display is approximately Rs. 30 lakh, according to V. Ganesan, manager, Poompuhar.

Poompuhar expects sales of Rs. 7 lakh from this exhibition and hopes the revenue will help artisans who have put in a lot of hard work and dedication towards creating the items.

“Poompuhar has begun the selection process to provide training to 100 women on Thanjavur picture painting. The interviews are likely to be conducted shortly,” said Mr. Ganesan.