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EXQUISITE: Visitors looking at silk saris at the silk and garment exhibition in Mangalore on Wednesday.
EXQUISITE: Visitors looking at silk saris at the silk and garment exhibition in Mangalore on Wednesday.

Special Correspondent

Fair at T.M.A. Pai Convention Centre drawing crowds

MANGALORE: An exhibition of silk products, which is on here till December 6, has been drawing good crowds. About 1,500 people visited it on Tuesday, according to officials.

The exhibition, being held at the T.M.A. Pai International Convention Centre on M.G. Road, has been organised by the Bangalore Chapter of Silk Mark Organisation of India.

You can pick up saris priced from Rs. 800 to Rs. 23,000. It has a variety of saris ranging from Bengal, Sambalpuri, Bankai, Ekkat and yed silk saris. There are also those selling the traditional Kancheepuram and Molkalmuru saris.

At the stall put up by the Jharkhand Government, one could check out the bright wedding saris and shop for overcoats priced at Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000.

Pashmina Zamdari and jute silk saris and natural colour and hand block saris attract visitors. And for those who like “kantha work” can proceed to the stall specialising in silk chudidars.

A cooperative society from Raigarh has a variety of “temple border” saris, while a few stalls are showcasing silk shirts, silk bags, pillow covers and bedsheets.

One could find out that from the stall put up by the Jharkhand Government that it exporting silk ties worth Rs. 2 crore a year. India is the largest consumer of silk and mulberry is not the only plant on which silk worms feed on. Tussar silk worms feed on Asan and Arjun plant, Eri on castor and Topica plant and Muga on Som and Salu plant.

Silk Mark executive G. Loganatha said the exhibition was organised to create awareness about the availability of silk products with the quality assurance of the Silk Mark Organisation.

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