| Women check out saris at the exhibition on Thursday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
For all silk connoisseurs of the city, the planetarium has been the destination to head for in the past seven days.
The National Handloom Development Corporation Limited has organised a 14-day sale-cum-exhibition. Retailers, craftsmen and wholesalers from 14 states and 110 organisations have set up stalls at the Silk Fab Exhibition.
The entry to the fair has been made free to provide a platform for craftsmen to be in direct touch with market and customers. “The aim of the fair is to encourage craftsmanship. This year, we have concentrated on silk, including pochampally, paithani, kanjeevaram, jaamdani and ikkat,” said H.M. Sharma, the fair in-charge.
The exhibition that would conclude on February 28, has almost all varieties of fabrics. Kantha, tribal work, kosha silk, silk work from Chhattisgarh, gathjor from Gujarat, Karnataka silk, chanderi and maheshwari from Madhya Pradesh, Paithani and Pune from Maharashtra, taachi and jaamdani from Uttar Pradesh, baluchari, kantha and tangail from Bengal and printed silk from Delhi — every state has displayed its specialty.
“It is a golden opportunity for me to participate in the fair. The sales figure is more than my expectation. The people here are innovative and they inspire us to come up with different creations,” said Jahangir Ansari from Bhagalpur. Jahangir has almost all varieties of silk, including tussar, kantha, ghiccha and Madhubani.
Vedapratti, hailing from Karnataka has set up a stall. His kanjeevaram saris starting from Rs 5,000 has been grabbing all attention. “Kanjeevaram is in demand. I have all the saris with traditional silk work of Karnataka. The work in kanjeevaram is often golden,” said Vedapratti.
Anupama Kashyap, a homemaker, said: “I am really amazed to see the accurate and smart work by the craftsmen. There is a wedding in my family and I am going to buy all the varieties of sari, including kanjeevaram.”