Silk exhibition in Bangalore attracts huge crowd
The ongoing silk exhibition in Bangalore, showcasing varieties of silk embossed with traditional designs, is attracting huge crowd.
Handloom weavers from several states, including southern Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, eastern Odisha and West Bengal participated in the event.
Former Director of Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation, T H Somashekhar said the exhibition is being organised by the provincial department of Handlooms and textiles to spread awareness about the quality of silk being used in the country and bring the weavers and customers under roof.
"We have the participation of people from 14 states, apart from Karnataka. From Karnataka some 20 silk weavers societies are participating and we have more silk weavers from 13 other states. We have the whole variety starting from mulberry.
"Mulberry is the major exposition here but we do have the other three silks. So, we have Tussar, Muga and Eri silk. So, there is a combination of all four silks from India," said Somashekhar.
Different kinds of silk material including Tussar, Mulberry, Muga, Eri, pure silk, Valkalam silk, Dharmavaram, and cotton-mixed silk are displayed at the exhibition.
"The purpose with which we have organised this is to see that the silk weavers come into direct contact with the customers, that is very important and this is what is helping. People come here and they like to interact with the weavers and the weavers benefit a lot as they come to know the requirements, the needs of the customers. All out activities, our aim is to ensure that it is need based," said Somashekhar.
Banaras brocades and damasks, tie and dye designs from eastern Odisha, the tussar silk from central Madhya Pradesh and eastern Jharkhand and intricate designs from the southern states have attracted the visitors.
"Every thing is under one roof; we can't visit many places around India just for shopping. So here you get to see sarees from Odisha, Kanchipuram sarees and sarees from Gujarat. I feel this is the best place to come and shop," said a visitor, Jigna Rubin.
The exhibition is being held from 31st October - 05th November 2012.