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Handloom weaves attract crowd

- From ikkat to Sambalpuri silks, Boyanika’s exhibition caters to all tastes

Bhubaneswar, July 9: The traditional hand-woven saris of Odisha seem to have an eternal charm as women in the capital are making a beeline for Boyanika’s handloom exhibition that started recently.

The glossy silk and comfortable cotton materials that are available at discounted rates are drawing the shoppers to the 20-day exhibition.

The handloom fair under way at Chandrasekharpur is offering saris, dress materials and dhotis in an array of colours, fabrics and patterns.

While the Bomkai saris from Sonepur have been stacked in interesting colours of maroon, peacock blue, parrot green and several others, the intricate designs on Sambalpuri ikkat saris are also available in plenty.

Tribal handloom shawls, blankets and bedsheets are a major highlight of the exhibition. Woven in khadi and cotton, these are heavy owing to skilled needlework that adorns the fabric.

“Whenever we host an exhibition, the Sambalpuri saris see the highest sales and are always in demand. Hence, we have got a variety in the stock of these. Bomkai silk saris also have a great demand among the customers,” said the co-ordinator of the exhibition.

The salwar suits in Odia handlooms are the lesser-known items, but the designs offered at the exhibition are sure to boost their popularity.

An all-time favourite of Odia women, the printed tussar silk saris, can be found in some various designs and patterns and in contemporary shades at Boyanika’s exhibition.

“A Sambalpuri silk sari attracts all onlookers at a traditional function or event. But a tussar sari can be worn on any occasion because it looks both simple and classy at the same time. It also suits office dress codes. I bought two tussar saris and one ikkat sari as tussar is stylish and cheap compared to the latter,” said Rupali Kar, a shopper. The sari festival offers 20 per cent flat discount and another five per cent discount on the balance.

“I was looking for traditional dhotis in patta because, in our family, it is mandatory to wear them at all family functions and celebrations. I got a variety of colours and styles in silk dhotis here and though the silk ones usually come for around Rs 3,000, here I got them for Rs 2,200,” said Sambit Mohanty, a customer.

The exhibition that opened on July 6 is on till July 26.