This four-day-long exhibition by Dastkar Andhra NGO offers a variety of eco-friendly garments
A big banner on the gate of G L Sabhagruha on Apte Road displays the info about the fabric and garment exhibition held at the hall from October 11 to 14 by Dastkar Andhra. Even though it is the first few hours of the first day of the exhibition,the hall is buzzing with ladies rummaging through everything that the exhibition has to offer. Many of them already loaded with a heap of fabric,kurtas,dupattas and everything that they could get their hands on first. The exhibition venue is spacious and inviting because of the neat way in which the display is arranged. From the entrance,one can see the neatly displayed sections of fabric,sarees,dupattas,churidars and readymades and then decide which way they must start their walk around the hall.
The exhibition is organised by Dastkar Andhra,an NGO that supports rural livelihoods in Andhra Pradesh through interventions in technology,design and marketing. All the fabric in the exhibition–the dupattas,saris or readymades–are eco-friendly,as they are chemical-free and pre-shrunk.
The readymade kurtas displayed in different sections for different sizes,which includes hard-to-find sizes like extra small and extra-extra large,are available in plain self colours to printed ones,and a few slightly embroidered ones. One need not worry about purchasing a larger size due to shrinkage after the first few washes as they have already been soaked and shrunk before stitching. The garments are skin-friendly due to harmless dyes derived from pomegranate rind,indigo and the likes.
There is a make-shift trail room for the ladies to try on the ready-made garments before purchasing it. Another large section of the hall is dedicated to cotton handloom sarees from the basic simple drapes to jazzier zari-laden ones. The kalamkari saris,available in a simple variety that ends with little tassels on the pallu and a little dressier range that include an half-inch zari border that runs through the fall of the six-yarders,are safely said to be the softest and most comfortable of the lot. An array of yardage is displayed in bulk,from Kalamkari prints on kora and coloured fabrics to indigo fabrics from yard dyed in the traditional vat process and a variety of khadi in vegetable dyes. A sample from each variety is hung like a curtain on display.