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Raipur : Handloom connoisseurs throng Chhattisgarh Bhawan for exhibition-cum-sale : Off season sale great initiative by government, opine local weavers

Raipur : Handloom connoisseurs throng Chhattisgarh Bhawan for exhibition-cum-sale : Off season sale great initiative by government, opine local weavers

Braving the searing heat, pure silk and handloom lovers from across the NCR have been thronging the Chhattisgarh Bhawan in New Delhi to buy products directly from the weavers at amazingly low prices. Weavers and craftsmen from Bilaspur, Raigarh, Janjhgir and Champa districts of Chhattisgarh exhibited their products at the exhibition-cum-sale.

Government exhibitions-cum-sale are mainly organized during festive seasons. Summer is said to be the off season for promoting state handlooms and handicrafts as footfall of buyers is less due to scorching heat. But on the initiative of Chhattisgarh Government, weavers have been provided the opportunity to sell their products directly to customers at this exhibition-cum-sale held in off-season. Weavers have expressed gratitude and indebtedness to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel's government for organizing an exhibition-cum-sale in the national capital during off season.

Yashwant Kumar from Seoni, Janjhgir-Champa district believes that this is a great effort by the state government. “Exhibitions provide opportunity to us (local weavers) to sell our products with minimum sales expenditure. Usually, summer and rainy season are lean period for us. And by organizing an exhibition-cum-sale during this period, the state government has helped us in our business and income,” he said.

The 10-day long exhibition, which began on July 1, has a wide collection of sarees, dress materials, duppattas, jackets, stoles etc. Other than the most renowned dress material of the state i.e. Tussar Silk in temple design, one could also find sarees made up of pure linen, bafta cotton, pure silk, dupion silk, linen silk and much more. In Delhi’s searing heat, bafta cotton and pure linen are ideal wear for saree lovers. There are printed materials beautifully embroidered with Kantha stitch, marwahi art, block print etc. A stall of ‘Kabir Kosa Bunkar Sahkari Samiti’ from Raigarh has wide range of sarees, kurtas, salwar suits, jackets and dupattas, ranging from Rs 400 to Rs 6,000. Main attractions of the exhibition are sarees and duppattas made up of natural vegetable colours.

Though the traditional kosa saree is of natural shades such as gold-pale, beige and cream with broad border, weavers have now adapted themselves to the changing tastes of the consumers. “With the changing fashion, customers prefer new designs, patterns and colours in Kosa silk,” said Manoj, Dewangan’s son. Natural colours made up of pomegranate, sapan wood, onion pad, Indian madder, lime water, turmeric etc gives a lustrous look and suits the latest fashion.     



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