Cotton fair in Chennai enthralls visitors
A cotton fair organised here, is providing a platform for artisans to showcase their skills, and at the same time, proved to be a major attraction for visitors.
Cotton Fab 2012,' an exhibition of handicrafts and handloom fabrics was organised by the Awadh Hatrhkargha Hastshilp Evam Gramodyog Samiti.
The exhibition-cum-sale has Banarasi silk and dress materials with appliqu and #65533; work, block print, and chikan work from Uttar Pradesh; fabrics such as Dhabu, Sanganeri, Malmel, Bandhej, and Kota Doria from Rajasthan; Bandhani and Kutch embroidery from Gujarat; Chandheri silk and Maheshwari fabrics from Madhya Pradesh; Kosa, Kora, and Tussar fabrics from Bihar; Pashmina shawls from Jammu and Kashmir; Kantha, Baluchari, Dhakai Jamdani, Shantiniketan Tant, and Tangail suits from West Bengal.
Javed Alam, the organiser of the fair, said that the stalls at the venue are set up by various states of the country.
"There are 120 stalls and they all belong to different states. There are 10 stalls from Bihar and five from West Bengal. The motive of our exhibition is to provide a platform to artisans, so that they could move forward in life," he said.
The wide array of dress materials and traditional sarees on display attracted women, who could not stop gushing about the collection.
Vinodhini, a customer said that collections from several states was available under one roof and added that she would visit the fair one more time with her family.
"This is the first time that I have come here. It's a nice place; they have different collections. It has been collected from different countries; we can't go to other countries ourselves. When we come here, we can get everything under one roof. It is reasonable. I am planning to come again and buy some more things for my family," she said.
The exhibition commenced on November 23 and would end on December 3.