A handloom exhibition ‘Pause for a Cause-Winter Verve', being organised by Concern India Foundation, a charitable trust, to raise funds for its projects, opened on Thursday at Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road.

The exhibition has striking collection from various parts of the country. Each of the 24 stalls put up by designers and weavers offer a speciality.

While those from Andhra Pradesh featured traditional handlooms with contemporary designs, designers from Kolkata applied innovative ideas of blending different kinds of linen in a sari.

Handlooms with ‘Katab' design, which is a combination of appliqué and patchwork, is little known in Chennai, according to weavers from Ahmedabad. It takes nearly one month for a woman in rural Gujarat to make a ‘Katab' design sari. A vibrant combination of kota and mangalgiri cotton materials is used in the saris and dress materials, said Bhaiya Lal, a weaver. The stall, set up by a designer from Delhi has fabric with digital print patterns that provide 3D effect, which is becoming popular among youngsters, said the organisers. Lightweight Kancheepuram silk saris with geometric motifs, half-saris with designer blouses, kurtas, children's wear and fashion jewellery also vie for attention of the visitors.

Concern India Foundation's branch manager Neena Rajiv Govindan, said this fundraising event was being organised for the third time in the city. The proceeds would be used to support projects in the field of health, education and community development. The exhibition will be open between 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. till Saturday.

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