NewZNew (Chandigarh) : The artisan from all over India of the Gramin Hastkala Vikas Samiti have come to Chandigarh to exhibit their ethnic weaves and traditional pure silk & cotton products in order to start of the festive season, with the theme, “Weaves of India”.
The Gramin Hastkala Vikas Samiti founded by a group of artisans, designers, social activists, academics and environmentalists, attempts to promote exquisite traditional skill, cotton and creations of the weavers and encouraging them to be contemporary and economically relevant.
More than 80 designers and weavers are part of this year’s exhibition which includes gorgeous Uppadas, Banaras silks, Gadwals, Dharmavaram, Jamdanis, Jamawars and Sambalpuris. From saris, dress materials, items of silk & cotton saree, suit dress material, fashion jewelry, home furnishing designer clothes from each region of the country, the exhibition provided shoppers with a kaleidoscope of India’s color, diversity and talent. Artisans from 14 handloom weaving States including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat , Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal and many designers from metros working in collaboration with the weavers are displaying more than 1,50,000 variety of their work here.
The exhibition cum sale is open till 13th March 2016 from 10 pm to 8 pm at the Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15 B, Chandigarh. The Silk and Cotton handloom products on display have a range between Rs.500 to Rs.20,000 at the upper end for exclusive hand crafted sarees.
Coimbatore silk, kanjeewaram silk from Tamilnadu. bangalore silk, crepe & georgette saree, raw silk material from Karnataka. kalamkari, pochampally, mangalgiri dress material, upada, gadwal, dharmawaram, pure silk zari saree from Andhra Pradesh. tassar, kantha, bhagalpur silk dress material, block handprint, khadi silk, & cotton dress material from Bihar. kosa silk saree, ghicha silk saree, mulbery raw silk, block printed silk saree from Chhattisgarh. bandhani, patola, kutch embroidery, gujarati mirror work & designer kurti from Gujarat. tabi silk saree, pashmina shawls, chinan silk saree from Jammu & Kashmir. chanderi, maheshwari cotton & silk saree suit from Madhya Pradesh. bomkai, sambhalpur from Orrisa. bandhej, bandhni silks saree, jaipur kurti, block prints, sanganeri prints, kota doria from Rajasthan. tanchoi, banarasi jamdani, jamavar, jamdani, brocket dress material, lakhnavi chikan from Uttar Pradesh. shanti niketan, kantha saree, designer saree, baluchari, neemzari saree, printed saree, dhakai jamdani from West Bengal. zari paithani saree from Maharashtra available at the exhibition.
The Organizer of Weaves of India, Jayesh Kumar Gupta said that the main social objective of the handloom exhibition was to promote weavers and encourage and provide a market to the handloom industry.
“The organizer has conducted over 150 exhibitions from its inception in 1997 in 25 cities across India. Through these exhibitions, we have been able to create good market for the weavers and their handloom woven ware, even in places where exhibitions are not feasible. The specialty of fabrics and prints from each state is different from the other. Such is the variety of the fabrics and designs in the exhibition,” the exhibition motive is got pure silk & cotton products direct from weavers to costumer without merchant.