Handloom silk from 12 states is on display and sale at the 14-day Silk Fab 2009, an exhibition-cum-sale of silk products, at the Kamma Sangham hall, Ameerpet. A wide range of silks, covering mulberry, tussar, era, muga and other silk products, is available for sale during the exhibition.
The exhibition is being organised by the Ministry Of Textiles, and is for the benefit of handloom weavers as well as consumers. Products of about 60 agencies from 12 states are on sale. The organisers are of the view that becuause of the potential, price and range of silk handloom, it requires a different kind of market support. Owing to the response from consumers every year, the Silk Fab has become an annual feature during the month of January.
The exhibition has a wide range of silk saris from all over the country, including Gadwal, Dharmavaram and Pochampally from Andhra Pradesh; Kanjeevarams from Tamil Nadu; moonga silk from Assam; Rajasthan's bandhej; balucharis and tangails from West Bengal; tussar, Madhubanis and kantha from Bihar; tribal works and Kosa silk from Chattisgarh; jamdanis and jamawars from UP; Paithanis and Pune saris from Maharashtra; Gathjoras and Patolas of Gujarat; bomkais and Sambhalpuris from Orissa; printed silk saris and dress materials from Jammu and Kashmir; and kasuti embroidery work, Chintamani silks and the famed Bangalore silk from Karnataka.
With over 92 stalls, the silk expo offers a breathtaking variety of designs from various traditional backgrounds of the country. Pure silk saris, or pattus, are the most sought-after commodity at the expo, and the Kanjeevaram and Gadwal saris in particular, are a rage. Butter silk from Uttar Pradesh and the tanchois and jamawars designs from Madhya Pradesh, are also sought after.
This is the 4th year of the exhibition, whose sales for the last 4 years have constantly touched Rs. 2 crores. In addition to one-to-one sales, bulk orders are placed by retailers and exporters, at the exhibition. A discount of upto 20% is also being offered on the purchases.
Entry is free, and the exhibition is open from 11:00am to 8:00pm everyday till 16th January. Please contact the National Handloom Development Corporation Limited at 2473-0668 / 2473-6845 for further details.