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PATTERNS: Dress materials on display at the ‘Weaves — the cotton and silk spectrum’ exhibition at TDM Hall in the city.
PATTERNS: Dress materials on display at the ‘Weaves — the cotton and silk spectrum’ exhibition at TDM Hall in the city.

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Vibrant colours and exotic colour combinations created by the magical hands of some of the best weavers in the country offer a rare treat at ‘Weaves – the cotton and silk spectrum’, an exhibition-cum-sale of dress materials that began at TDM hall here the other day.

From the exquisite Baluchari (resist printing, West Bengal) to the Tussar and Kantha materials from Bihar, the event showcases a new palette of colours and experimental motifs.

Weaves also turn unique, as the textiles effectively mingle the grandeur of tradition with contemporary designs. Be it the Sanganeri prints from Rajasthan or the Bomkai from Orissa, the collections are rare and represent the best melange of printing techniques.

Elaborating on the show, Madhavi Naidu, co-ordinator of the event, said that weavers from across the country are displaying their creations at the show. Andhra Pradesh’s delicate and distinctive designs are supplemented by the looms of Pochampalli, Venkatagiri, Gadwal and Mangalagiri. Each loom is recognised by the name of the place and by its distinctive weaving style.

Assam brings its exotic and royal Muga and Pala silk that comes in natural tones and rare sheen. Bihar’s Bhagalpur Tussar or Kosa silk is valued for its purity and texture and is available in shades of gold pale, dark honey, and a variety of natural motifs.

The elegance of Kantha tribal work in delicate and attractive colour schemes on Kosa silk gives the collections from Chattisgarh a distinct style. Chhattisgarh’s exquisite tribal motifs find splendour on the vegetable-dyed Tussars where colours are drawn from vermillion, haldi, mehndi, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Maharashtra brings its famous Vidharbha Karvati, Paithani and special Pune saris to the exhibition. Paithani, which is traditionally woven out of mulberry silk, comes in kum kum and bright colours with contrasting borders.

From Jammu Kashmir, weavers have come with Kashmiri saris and shawls with their special kashida embroidery. Karnataka’s printed and Mysore silk saris, Madhya Pradesh’s Chanderi and Maheshwari, Orissa’s Bomkai, and Uttar Pradesh’s Tanchoi, are some of the other products.

The event, which is organised by Revathi Creative Communications, is on at the TDM hall opposite Durbar Hall ground from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. till August 6.

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