THIS is perfectly timed. Just as the chill begins to settle in the city, the Manu Weavers Handloom and Handicraft Society from Kullu has brought in some warmth with its annual exhibition — Kullu Fest— on at Lajpat Rai Bhawan in Sector 15.
The society that works to bridge the gap between the weaver and the customer has a potpourri of handloom products on offer culled from interiors of Himachal such as Kullu, Kangra and Chamba. But grabbing eye balls have been a range of sleeveless jackets, formerly known as the Nehru jacket that has now been rechristened the Modi jacket courtesy the Prime Minister’s fondness for the style. Instead of the usual khadi and cotton versions, the Kullu Fest collection comes in warmer fabrics.
While previous collections have come in sombre shades like grey and black, this season has seen the jacket take on a more a vibrant look. Take your pick from hues such as tangerine, navy blue, mustard, aubergine and even pink. According to the organisers, the jackets have been bestsellers with sizes for juniors available as well. Also finding space in the mix is a range of pure wool shawls. The Kaani shawl takes the centre of pride for its workmanship. For those unfamiliar with the style, these shawls may look digitally printed but it takes the weavers month to mix and match the threads to make a pattern.
Also on offer are Pashmina, rabbit wool and yak wool shawls which boast of the quintessential woven Kullu borders (geometric styles).
A woollen festival from the mountains would be incomplete without Angora wool caps, the really warm Chamba socks and vibrantly knitted mufflers and stoles. Now if you haven’t got your winter wardrobe in place and looking for some warmth, the exhibition offers some budget finds with sleeveless coats, jackets, gloves and stoles as well. There is a home linen selection of bedspreads and quilts on offer, too. The exhibition is on till November 20.
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