Weaving dreams

HANDLOOM SAREES with exquisite artwork turned out to be the centre of attraction at an exhibition of handloom clothes organised by the Directorate of Handlooms at the Jawahar Bal Bhavan in connection with the announcement of the State awards for best handloom weavers.

The first prize winning "pattu" saree designed by Rajendran of Balaramapuram had an attractive design of swan and lotus as well as peacocks in it, while the traditional houseboats of Kerala was the attraction in the one designed by A. Mohanan. The price was however on the higher side with the prize-winning saree retailing at Rs. 22,598.

Specially made churidar material with "kasavu", with an estimated price of Rs. 4,500, as well as a large number of tablemats and wall hangings too were on display at the exhibition. The authorities however said that the final price would be fixed only after assessment by the experts. The programme was organised as part of the department's scheme to promote handloom products under the "Promotion of exquisite handloom cloth as work of art" project.

The Hantex and Hanveev authorities are also planning to make use of the services of these master weavers and produce more such materials on a commercial basis and find market for these products. The winning entries would also be sending for being considered for the National award.

Hari Sundar G.