Exhibition Indulge in some silk shopping for the coming Sankranti
S ales and exhibitions have become a regular feature in the city. This week, Satya Sai Nigamagamam in Srinagar Colony is playing host to Silk Expo 2011, a sale-cum-exhibition of pure silks. The exhibition is a must for ‘silkaholics' and is an ideal place to indulge in some Sankranti shopping. Jharkhand is popular as the home town of Indian cricket captain Mr. cool M.S. Dhoni. Drop in at the exhibition and you will say it is the tussar silk which gives the state an edge. The highlight is the embroidered tussar saris with sequins and beautiful designs (Rs. 4000). Dress materials, too are available here which come from Rs. 200 per metre. A stall from Bengaluru promises to keep you warm this winter with its silk knitwear collection. Check out t-shirts, tops for young girls, cute tops for little ones and a layette for your baby.
A stall from Madanapalle has an alluring variety of silk saris with contrast borders. Also check out the plain silk saris (Rs. 1500) which can transform into an elegant wear by getting printed different designs done on them. Stalls from Bhagalpur showcases dress materials, stoles (from Rs. 450 onwards) and dupattas. If you are a handloom lover, there is a range of handloom shawls which come for Rs. 1000. The best of Shantiniketan dazzles with its hand painted and block printed variety.
Silks and women go hand in hand but at a stall, it is time for all the women to go envious. Silk shirts and ties ideal for party wear lures men to dig deep in their pockets. The silk story continues at another counter which has clutches, small bags, boating bags (bags in the shape of a boat), stoles, diwan set, cushion covers and shirts for men. For all the saris bought at the exhibition, you can check out a stall from Kolkata for party wear silk blouses. Mobile covers, ‘batuvas' and parsi work salwars with only the front side (you can buy material of contrasting colour for the remaining part) make for interesting buys. Orissa, Raigarh and Kashmir have a display of their state's specialities. Finally it's muga, the queen of silk swaying gracefully and tempting you to make that purchase. “It's more precious than gold as no one can produce muga silk. Only Assam can do,” says L.M. Mukherjee with pride.
If you want to know more about silk and its origin, make a brief stop at a stall, which gives all the gyaan and a display of silk worms, cocoons and its produce adds to the excitement. The exhibition (with an entry ticket of Rs. 10) is on till January 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.