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Come, take a look at fabrics of silk

A WORLD OF SILK: A visitor looks at mannequins draped in silk at Silken Splendours-2005 at Palace Grounds in Bangalore. The exhibition concludes on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

A WORLD OF SILK: A visitor looks at mannequins draped in silk at Silken Splendours-2005 at Palace Grounds in Bangalore. The exhibition concludes on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: For those who look at a few hundred saris before selecting one, this is the ideal place to visit.

You can see many varieties of silk and browse at more than 150 stalls before making an informed choice.

"Silken Splendours 2005," the mega silk exhibition promoted by the Central Silk Board and the Union Ministry of Textiles, will be on at Palace Grounds up to December 25.

The event is to celebrate the 20th Congress of the International Sericultural Commission. Entrance to the exhibition is from the Mount Carmel College side.

Stars attracted

If Kannada film actor Tara and Mayor Mumtaz Begum where present to inaugurate the fair, scores of other celebrities have been visiting it since then and returning home with silk saris and fabrics.

The range of display in the stalls covers silk fabrics, saris, garments, furnishings, tapestry and handicrafts made with silk. The Silk Board has ensured that consumers get quality for their money: there are 100 per cent silk garments and blends with more than 50 per cent natural silk content.

Like other natural fabrics, silk has the ability to breathe and keep one cool or warm, depending on the kind of fabric you wear.

For the fashion conscious, there are varieties in plenty to choose from.

Temple silks

The grand "temple silks" of Kanchipuram, Kumbakonam and Dharmavavaram; ethnic styles from Arni, Valakalam, Sambalpur, Rasipuram, Vishnupur and Pochampalli; crepes, georgettes and chiffons of Mysore; delicate Kashmiri silks; Patolas and Tanchois of Gujarat; Bandhinis from Kutch; brocades, tissue and satin from Banaras and even rarely seen varieties from Assam and the north-east.

You will see the use of "Silk Mark," sponsored by the Central Silk Board, that attests to the purity of silk and it gives customers tips on caring for silk garments.

In addition, more than 40 troupes from around the region are presenting cultural events to entertain visitors.

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