JAMMU, Nov 25: Kalamkari Sarees, which are prepared after soaking them in milk and having woven on them exile of Lord Rama, Ram Darbar and old temples of South India by the weavers of Sri Kalahasti (near Andhra Pradesh). These sarees are on display at the ongoing ‘Silk India Exhibition’ at Kalakendra here.
The smell of milk from Kalamkari Saree is its identity. Weavers have brought similar traditions and rare fabrics and Sarees in Jammu.
Weavers from 25 States of the country are displaying their traditional art at the Exhibition organized by Hastashilpi.
Organizer T. Abhinand informed that all the varieties of silk like Kota, Tussar, Moonga, Kanjeevaram Uppada, Soft silk, Khadi silk, Tissue silk, Dhaka silk are present in the exhibition.
Babu, a weaver from Sri Kalahasti near Andhra Pradesh, has handcrafted beautiful Kalamkari at silk stalls. Sukumar from Kolkata has brought with him batik print sarees.
People also like the work of hand embroidery on organza silk. Its specialty is that its weight is much less than other silks. The special collection of Bhagalpur is also attracting the customers, in which the main ones are Linen, Matka, Kausa, Batik Suit, Madhumani etc. The collection of Banaras is also spreading its aura in beauty, in which the main ones are fabrics, suits, sarees etc.
Organizers of the Exhibition said that it takes two months for a weaver to make a dress from the materials.
“Their range is from Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 36,000,” T Abhinand said.
He also said that the exhibition will run till November 28 and invited all art lovers to see the art of silk weavers in this exhibition from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.