A good collection of handlooms in beautiful block prints, eco-friendly curtains, cotton saris, kurtis and dupattas, bed linen, table-runners, cushion covers and many more are sure to draw the attention of ardent shoppers at the city exhibition organised by Navy Wives Welfare Association, Eastern Region (NWWA).
The three wings of NWWA – Udyogika, Pragati Welfare Group and Samudri Shop – will display a range of household products, most of which are designed by the wives of naval sailors. Items created by special children of Navy School -- Sankalp will also be on display at the three-day exhibition.
Ragini Chopra, president of NWWA and wife of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, was chief guest of the preview of the expo. She said that it was a great opportunity for women to learn the traditional art and become independent. “We want to keep our Indian tradition and culture alive apart from empowering women and giving them an opportunity to present their products in the market,” she explained.
Sling bags, stylish mobile pouches, terracotta accessories, paper bags, candle-stands, Shantiniketan leather crafts and jute bags are also part of the expo.
Speaking on the occasion here on Tuesday, Seema Verma, wife of Chief of Staff ENC Vice-Admiral B.K. Verma and group coordinator of Udyogika said that the basic idea was to empower women.
“Their art also helps them set up a business when they go back to their villages post retirement,” she added. Shruti Seshadri, wife of District Collector V. Seshadri, and a host of volunteers participated in the preview programme.
The three-day exhibition started on Thursday at Hotel Palm Beach. The timings are between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.