The name of this national level exposition is apt. ‘Silk Fab’, after all, presents a smorgasbord of options when it comes to the silken yarn and is a fabulous spread indeed. Incidentally, the handloom sector of India employs 65 lakh persons directly or indirectly, which is next only to the agricultural sector in the country.
With an aim to augment the development of the handloom sector and to provide a direct link between weavers and buyers, the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) Ltd has been organising ‘Silk Fab’ expos across the country.
The expo has become an annual feature in the city and one that’s perhaps the most looked forward to by the ladies. And they have their reasons. For, here’s an opportunity to bag some of the best silken fabrics that not just the region but the entire country has to offer.
On at Kisan Bhawan in Sector 35, Chandigarh till October 29, the expo sees agencies belonging to 14 states as participants. That translates into luxurious silken weaves like Pochampally and Dharmavaram from Andhra Pradesh, Moonga silk from Assam, Tassar and Kantha from Bihar to kosa silk replete with tribal work from Chhattisgarh.
From Gujarat comes Gathjora and Patola; Kantha and kosa silk from Jharkhand; Karnataka silk, Chanderi and Maheshwari from Madhya Pradesh, Paithani from Maharashtra to Sambalpur silks from Orissa. One of the most recognised saris and dupattas on for sale are the Kantha work sarees from West Bengal. There’s a huge variety, including those boasting of Madhubani art, at this exhibition.
“Given the fact that the festive season has just started, it’s a great place to get authentic silken fabric,” remarked Sushila Sharma, one of the visitors at the expo that saw large crowds even in the middle of the afternoon.
Each state offers unique weaves and motifs. While the saris from Ghadwal area of Andhra Pradesh come with silken borders and pallus, the colours are softer. The hues turn deeper with silk saris from the north. Apart from saris, there are dress materials as well and the Khadi silk from Chattisgarh is a big draw. The colours are vibrant and the weaves make their own designs.