The exhibition-cum-sale has Banarasi silk and dress materials with applique work, block print, and chikan work from Uttar Pradesh; fabrics such as Dhabu, Sanganeri, Malmel, Bandhej, and Kota Doria from Rajasthan; Bandhani and Kutch embroidery from Gujarat; Chandheri silk and Maheshwari fabrics from Madhya Pradesh; Kosa, Kora, and Tussar fabrics from Bihar; Pashmina shawls from Jammu and Kashmir; Kantha, Baluchari, Dhakai
Jamdani, Shantiniketan Tant, and Tangail suits from West Bengal.
They come with different names in various designs--taant, tangail, dhakai
, and more.
I was in a sea of dhoti s and Dhakai
saris, my senses swimming in the racket caused by conch shells, as the marriage took place in the line of vision of an ashtadhatu Durga and a priest who had been imported years back from a Kali temple from Delhi.
Designer Nandita Palchoudhuri showcased her weaver's work with the models setting the ramp on fire exhibiting a wide range of tangail, baluchari and dhakai
sarees made by the craftsmen of West Bengal.
If you wear a traditional sari -- a Dhakai
Jamdani, a Chanderi or even the more understated Kerala cotton -- to a cocktail party, it simply won't do to toss your head and smile vacuously when asked where it's from.