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Exquisite: A visitor going through the products displayed at Vasthra Chittara in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Exquisite: A visitor going through the products displayed at Vasthra Chittara in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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12-day Karnataka Handloom Expo begins at Basava Bhavan

BANGALORE: Want to buy genuine handloom products directly from weavers at a discounted price? Then visit Vasthra Chittara, a 12-day Karnataka handloom expo, which began from Wednesday at Basava Bhavan.

As many as 50 weavers’ co-operative societies have put up their stalls at the expo which is being organised by the Karnataka State Commissioner for Textile Development and Director of Handlooms and Textiles to help provide market for the weavers.

The expo, which was inaugurated by Textiles Minister Goolihatty D. Shekhar, provides win-win situation for both the weavers and consumers. The consumers get 30 per cent rebate on all the products, while the government pays up the rebate amount for weavers. Besides, the stall charges have been waived for weavers.

Textile Development Commissioner P.B. Ramamurthy told The Hindu that the government is expecting a turnover of above Rs. 1 crore from the expo. About 25,000 visitors are expected to visit the expo which will end on August 24.

The products on display include those made of cotton, wool and silk. The products range from saris to towels, kurtas to shirts and shawls to blankets.

It is the wide range of hand-made blankets that is attracting the crowds at the expo. Molakalmuru silk saris, and Ilkal silk as well as cotton saris, which have been registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, are also on sale.

Mr. Ramamurthy said the government would hold such expos at eight districts this year. The State Government is also considering a proposal to organise a national handloom expo in December in Bangalore.

He told reporters that the government was offering a comprehensive health scheme for weavers on payment of a yearly premium of Rs. 50. A total of 40,000 weavers have registered themselves under the scheme since the last three years. The government has set a target of registering 40,000 weavers under this health programme this year.

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