New designs on show at handloom exhibition

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: New designs and varieties of saris and readymade cotton shirts feature at the Pontex Deepavali 2009 handloom exhibition. Other traditional handloom products made by weavers belonging to The Pondicherry State Weavers’ Co-Operative Society are also on sale at the exhibition that was inaugurated by Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy, who also holds the cooperatives portfolio, on Friday.

Hand-woven home furnishings, such as bed sheets and bedspreads in various sizes, foot mats, curtain cloth and pillow covers are on sale. Tie-and-dye designs and kalamkari prints in vivid colours are the pick of the lot.

Lungis and dhotis, priced at Rs. 150 onwards and shirts in black colours priced at Rs. 200, are also on display at the exhibition.

The distinctly-handloom checkered napkins and towels, both Turkish and ordinary, also make their routine appearance in new colours.

There is a special rebate of 25 per cent on all products woven by Puducherry weavers.

However, Bengal cotton saris, cotton and polyester saris made by weavers in Tamilnadu are not on discount. Compensation comes in the form of silk saris that come at attractive prices.

R. Sankaran, who is in charge of the exhibition, said that the exhibition has been witnessing a ten per cent increase in sales every year, but drew attention to the fact that the event is on for only fifteen days this year.

The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. till October 16 at Maraimalai Adigal Salai.