| Niharika, the Srijani textile designer, displays hand-made toys at the exhibition-cum-sale in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
If you want to rest with your back against Golghar, look no further and head to Srijani.
An enterprise working towards empowering marginalised women and promoting the state’s culture, Srijani inaugurated a four-day exhibition-cum-sale on its premises on Wednesday. Among the items displayed at the event are cushion covers, bed sheets, saris and bags.
Part of Srijani’s winter collection, the products are all hand-woven and hand-embroidered by women associated with the organisation.
Visit the exhibition and you could return home with cushion covers with Golghar and littis hand-woven on them.
If the cushion covers tempt you to look for more home furnishings, you will not be disappointed. The exhibition has a wide collection of curtains, bed sheets and lamps with different motifs. The cushion covers also have an element of fun to them as some of the covers are shaped like tortoise, camel and fish.
Veena Upadhyay, honorary director, Srijani, showed The Telegraph some cushion covers which had small silk slippers woven on them. She said: “These cushion covers are always in demand.”
Srijani has also brought alive a day in the life of a Rajasthani couple on a bed sheet, complete with camel cart and trees.
Upadhyay added that the organisation depicts the various art forms of the state, including Madhubani. Of the different narratives brought alive on fabrics at the Srijani exhibition include the Bat Savitri Puja (performed for long life of one’s husband) and the life of a girl child.
Chhath and Holi are also showcased on fabrics made into showpieces, wall hangings and cushion covers.
Once you are done selecting items to decorate your rooms, head over to saris, kurtis and dupattas.
Srijani does not use Chinese or Korean yarns for their sari but tasar. Upadhyay said: “Normally Chinese and Korean yarns are used in silk saris but they are not much durable. We use tasar in our saris. The saris are costlier as weaving them requires a lot of hard work. But the saris are more durable and it takes 10 to 15 days to make one of them.”
Some of the motifs Srijani has picked for their saris for the winter collection include peacocks and fishes. The saris displayed at the exhibition range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 7,000.
For the dupattas, Upadhyay said the fabric is dipped in vegetable dyes or natural dyes for which materials such as palash (flower) and sandalwood, are used. Apart from colourful dupattas, the exhibition has choices of stoles and scarves ranging between Rs 950 and Rs 1,500.
Finish your trip to the exhibition with a quick look at pen stands, toys and danglers for the little ones at home. Apart from that, strings of bookmarks are also present at the sale with which you could decorate your walls or even the front door to welcome guests to your home.