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The taste of India...

India Weaves - 2004 offers a splendid collection of dress material at Dilli Haat till this coming Sunday. BHAWNA SATSANGI takes a look.



ON OFFER: A glimpse of the ongoing exhibition India Weaves at Dilli Haat. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

SARIS, SHAWLS, durries, carpets, blankets, bedspreads, bath linen, dress materials, decorative items, home furnishing... the list is endless and the venue is approachable. The prices are affordable and the range is as diverse as it is exquisite.

Well, yes, one is talking about India Weaves - 2004 at Dilli Haat that is showcasing a fascinating and innovative range of weaves, stitches, prints and dyes created exquisitely by millions of weavers from every nook and cranny of the country. Organised by Association of Corporations and Apex Societies of Handlooms - ACASH - in association with the Development Commissioner, Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, the exhibition reflects the rich cultural diversity of the country and gives a platform to the weavers to display their work. "Delhi is the main market for handloom products and by organising this exhibition, we are catering to the need of every class," says K.G. Singhal, In-charge, India Weaves.

Wide array

The exhibition has attracted weavers from all parts of the country. From Kashmir has come Hanief to sell his wares comprising shawls and dress materials. From Bihar has come, Mohammed Kalim Ansari, for the first time and hopes to come back again if he makes profit. Weavers from Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh are also present in good number.

The expo has something to suit everyone's pocket. The price of pashmina shawl ranges between Rs.60,000 and 70,000 and that of jamawar between 40,000 and 90,000. West Bengal saris could be had for Rs.180 and above, stoles for Rs.200 to 1200, bed covers and bed sheets for Rs.100 to 900, tussar saris from Bihar for Rs.5000 and above, muga silk, again from Assam and Bihar for Rs.250, bags from Arunachal Pradesh for Rs.150 to 200, cushion covers in ikkat design from Orissa for Rs.50 each, poncho in silk thread for Rs.100, kantha work suits and dupatta for Rs.1550 and above, skirts and kurtis from Gujarat for Rs.200 to 250 and so on.

And that's not all. Even fashion has a scope here. For those hip looks, one can go for hair weaving too for Rs.40.

Live demonstration of loom in action, block making and block printing and display of exclusive eco-friendly samples developed by weavers service centre are the other attractions.

The exhibition is on till this coming Sunday.

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