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Handloom Exhibition in the city...

So this hand loom exhibition is going on at Valluvar Kottam and it's pretty interesting... weavers and textile merchants from all over the country gather here to sell their beautiful wares. It can be a bit expensive but the stuff on display is really beautiful and different, you won't feel bad for splurging. Here are a few pictures...
This is the Valluvar Kottam monument. It looks pretty impressive.. 
with its intricate bas relief work depicting the poems of Thiruvallur, a great poet and saint who is believed to have lived before Jesus Christ.
The monument to this great poet is built in the form of a chariot, which explains the elephants in front...
More intricate work and the stone wheels...
At the exhibition...
Inside the huge auditorium...
A pretty saree...
Hand stitched patterns on this saree depicting a deer, the lady and a forest... reminds me of the story of Shakuntala.
More sarees...
Expensive silk sarees...
Jute bags...

More colourful jute bags...
 
Pretty white benaras saree...
Sheer cotton sarees...
A soft pashmina saree... 
More sarees hanging...
A silk jute saree...
The handloom unit...
Making a saree... thread count is important here.
The design blocks used to print patterns on cloth (known as the block printing technique...)
Here's a sample of how the block printing technique looks...
Elephant motif's to stitch on your dress...
Picked up these pretty shawls... they are really really wonderful, so soft and silky. Mom is modelling them here...

Well, that's all I have... I think the exhibition is on till the 27th of June 2011. So if you live in Chennai, you might wanna drop in, I hear they are held quite often... so you can catch them later too, if you do not happen to be in Chennai.

Comments

BackStage said…
Nice.. They sometimes have exhibitions here too (dunno if the same thing) but it's really expensive... loved the saree with the caption "a pretty saree" - crazy about pink stuff.

Btw I did not comment because Nameeta told me about the conversation that you both had. :D
Karen Xavier said…
Hahaha... Nam is crazy. Now that she did November, wonder who is gonna irritate you till you comment.
BackStage said…
I know! After all we planned on doing November together - she betrayed me!

Well, not to worry your blog is always bookmarked so I would comment anyway :D
This looks like so much fun! I would have brought how those scarves as well. They are lovely.

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