Draping wonder

Sarees! The word itself is enough to drive women crazy. When you have an exhibition on `Sarees of India', bringing the best of handlooms in cotton and silk, with exquisite embroidery and weave work from different states, there is no stopping them. More so when the festival is round the corner.

Shilparamam, the crafts village at Madhapur, has yet again become the venue for the display of craftsmanship of weavers and handicraft artisans. The sartorial elegance of sarees is such even a trendy woman cannot resist the temptation of being draped in those soft silks, cottons, when the occasion demands, leaving the pragmatic appeal of salwar suits and trousers.

The stalls displaying handloom sarees under the brand name `Sarees of India', do not intend to draw the customers by the affinity they may feel towards a particular state, but by the sheer quality of the texture and workmanship of the creations. The weavers rather prefer the recognition on the merit of their work.

The Banaras silks from Uttar Pradesh in that irresistible black and pleasing pastel shades, with impressive thread work, the in-thing now, the Kosa silk sarees from Chattisgarh, with traditional tribal art from Bastar, and also in cotton and tussar and Kosa silk with Kashmiri work, are truly enchanting. A Bengal silk saree in Kantha work, which won a national award when displayed in Delhi, was on the display and so also the Kosa silks with `Marwahi' work.

Then, there are those famous Kantha work sarees in Bangalore silk, tussar and cotton. Kantha, a time-consuming hand embroidery, is the traditional work of West Bengal artisans. The tussar silk sarees with Parsi work and Kantha work dupattas in tussar at Rs.1,250 make an interesting buy.

The delicate Chanderi sarees from Madhya Pradesh in silk and cotton and dress material for formal occasions, Bandhini suits and dupattas from Rajasthan in vibrant colours, Bengal cotton sarees from Kolkata, Kota sarees and alluring Kota dress material in whites with subtle embroidery from Rajasthan are other attractions.

For the fans of Pochampalli sarees, an exclusive street is earmarked. Pochampalli sarees in mercerised cotton, silk sarees in semi katan, pure katan and in warf and weft creations look elegant.

Count also on those eye-catching kurtas and tops with embroidery and mirror work from Gujarat, Chikan embroidery and phulkari embroidery dress material from UP and Punjab, Batik prints from West Bengal, Kalamkari prints, durries etc. besides handicraft marvels like terracotta, blue art pottery.

All that and much more at a price that is easy on the purse. So why wait? The exhibition will be on till October 15 from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

By Melly Maitreyi M.L.

Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

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