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A new silk route

A new silk route
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From Andhra Pradesh's Gadwal to Bihar's Tassar Silk and from Madhya Pradesh's Chanderi to Rajasthan's Bandhej, the Silk Fab exhibition has it all, and more! The Silk Fab exhibition was inaugurated in the Capital, by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of states for Textiles at the Constitution Club, on Monday. The Silk Fab exhibition is an initiative of the office of Development Commissioner for Handlooms, through the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) Ltd.

The exhibition aims to provide direct access to the handloom weavers to market their products across the country. Speaking on the occasion, Gangwar said that the exhibition enables an  interface between the weavers and consumers. The participants are from various State Government Bodies/ Apex Societies, Primary Handloom Weavers Co-operative Societies and Handloom Agencies. 85 agencies belonging to 15 states are participating.

The exhibition has the participation of four weavers who are recipients of National Award for design.

The handloom sector of India employs 65 lac people. The art of handloom weaving has traditional values attached to it and each region has exquisite varieties. The uniqueness of silk products such as Pochampalli, Paithani, Kanjivaram, Banarasi, Jamdani, Baluchari, and Ikkat, to name a few attracts customers across the globe with exclusives weaves, designs and traditional motifs. Through these exhibitions, handloom agencies not only market their products at reasonable rates but also get to know customers’ choice with regard to colour, design and weaving for future improvement of the product.

Government of India has launched the ‘Handloom Mark’ scheme for handloom products and ‘Silk Mark’ for genuinity of silk products, to encourage and give a distinct identity to the products. It also serves a guarantee for the buyer that the product being purchased is genuinely handwoven. All the exhibitors at the Silk Fab have been encouraged to display the ‘Handloom Mark’ and ‘Silk Mark’ tag on the products and thus aim to improve the earnings of the handloom weaver community.

Where:
Constitution Club, Rafi Marg When: On till 2 November, 11 am to 8 pm
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