A dazzling collection of traditional garments

P. Sujatha Varma
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Weaves – The Cotton and Silk Spectrum - expo gets under way

Pick your choice:Cottons and a wide range of silks at Weaves, garment exhibition, attracting women in droves, in Vijayawada.— PHOTO: V. RAJU
Pick your choice:Cottons and a wide range of silks at Weaves, garment exhibition, attracting women in droves, in Vijayawada.— PHOTO: V. RAJU

The Seshasai Kalyana Vedika on Bandar Road has transformed into a collage of couture. Speckled with the quiet charm of cool cottons, shimmer of the silks and glitter of the designer stuff, the place is attracting women in droves.

An exhibition cum-sale of garments under the banner of ‘Weaves – The Cotton and Silk Spectrum’ that unfolded on Saturday here, is big bait for the fair sex known for its weakness for rich traditional garments.

Over-riding all other thoughts, mothers, with their college-going daughters in tow, are donning the role of a shopaholic to alter their wardrobe with style and comfort.

A walk around the auditorium dotted with 55-odd stalls put up by artisans from across the country makes it difficult to pick one specific pattern.

The rich Kanjeevarams, the elegant crepe silks, Dharmavarams, Uppadas, Pochampally silks, Narayanpet Gadwals, Banaras brocades, Jamdani and Jamawar are available in the choicest of colours, fabrics, prints, weaves, and embroideries.

Santosh Jain calls out on sauntering customers browsing through the stalls to take a closer look on her dazzling collection of Bandani prints. Besides Bandani print dress material and saris, she has Punjabi ‘fulkari’ kurtas and gajji silk dupattas. Mithu Mitra in the adjacent stall is busy attending to the swarm of buyers eager to take home the Bengal cotton saris.

Manoranjan Pal of Cuttack in Odisha allows his cottons and tussars do the talking while his counterpart from West Bengal Rajan does everything possible to attract buyers to his Moonga Pashmina silks and Gheecha silks.

Besides pure silks, breezy cottons and linen in vibrant colours, sequinned embellishments on subtle yet sophisticated shades of saris are up for grab.

“The summer is severe here I am told. No wonder, college girls are going gaga over the cotton collections,” says a smiling Tapati handing out pure silk, Katwar and tussar silk saris to her customers.

Vijayanand of Panipat in Haryana has brought in bedspreads with a price range of Rs. 550 to Rs. 2,000. “It is too early to say anything. Today being the first day, I am looking forward to the next four days,” he says with a glint of hope in his eyes.

One look at the splendid collection and the hordes of insatiable buyers and it is easy to conclude that despite rapid advancement of technology, handloom woven fabrics will never go out of fashion. The exhibition is on till January 9, every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • 55 stalls put up at the exhibition by artisans from across the country

  • The exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. till January 9

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