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VISAKHAPATNAM: Varieties and designs which Vizagites have not seen so far are on display at the National Handloom Expo 2010-11 which is on at the Andhra University Golden Jubilee ground here since December 21.
This is after 1994 that the Union Ministry of Textiles is organising the National Expo in the city and weavers' cooperative societies from more than a dozen States are participating. The huge tent has 125 stalls selling clothing, garments, dress material, blankets, bed sheets, carpets, shawls, towels, dhotis, hand kerchiefs and there is also a stall selling a variety of books.
Some visitors say the exhibition is an excellent opportunity for the locals to buy the latest varieties and quality products that are coming straight from the weaver's loom. Corporator Peela Suhasini, who is making her fourth visit to the expo told The Hindu on Thursday that it is a good collection of garments. She is particularly impressed with the Uppada sarees. “Their genuineness and quality are assured. They are selling sarees with designs which are just one week old. Many colours and shades are there and they are available only here,” she said. There is also a lot of difference in price compared to the market outside.
A housewife B. Ramadevi said she was seeing a lot of variety for the first time in the city. Prices were reasonable and one would not feel like haggling over prices of cotton clothes and dresses since the weavers were explaining to the customers the spiralling cost of production, Ms. Ramadevi added. Her daughter Ujwala, who lives in the US and on a visit to the city picked up many tops, bottoms and chudidars. These clothes were really good said a senior journalist Sharmila as her daughter who is on a visit to India is busy selecting the varieties with her younger sister. President of Vijaya H.W.C.S.Society from Tamballapalli N. lakshmaiah said the response was good and customers were comparing the prices here with that in the shops outside.
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