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Surajkund Mela 2016: Telangana showcases splendour of the state's handlooms
The Theme State of the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela, Telangana, showcased the splendour of the state's handlooms and weaving styles through a unique fashion show held opposite Hotel Rajhans, Surajkund on Saturday evening. The richness of the Telangana textile - which embodies the native craftsmanship, was showcased through the well-choreographed fashion show.

The first round of the fashion show had the models sashay down the ramp clad in beautiful 'Pochampally' saris woven in colourful silk threads with bold, large and bright patterns, which are often based on abstract shapes and geometric lines.

The next round had models wearing hand woven Narayanpet sarees in silk and appealing handloom cotton sarees traditionally from Narayanpet, a town in Telangana. The Narayanpet handloom cotton sarees are known for the the body colour contrasts against the pallu, the characteristic zari border and stripes, fine light colour floral block prints on dark coloured backdrops with multi-colour tiranga borders, a special bandhani pattern design with woven bootis on the saree and large bootis bock printed on the designer pallu - all that elevate the look and appeal of the saree. The male models too strutted down the ramp clad in cotton silk kurtas teamed up with pajyama and churidars. The big borders and woven and striped pallas made the saris stand out. The saris were in dark shades of greens, black and blues.

The third round of the fashion show presented the 'Pochampally' saris in contemporary style. These are in "Ikkat" weave, as it is locally called; the "Tie and Dye" weave. The recipe of this technique lies in the beautiful blend of colours and design. This round also had models parade in western wear with parallels, flarey pants teamed up with shirts in different cuts and lines.  

The final round had the models sashay down the ramp in Gadwal sarees. A Gadwal sari is known for it rich look, brilliants colors and simple yet ornate zari work. The specialty of a traditional Gadwal sari is that the body is woven in cotton threads while the border and 'pallu' are made of silk. Models walked the ramp with confidence wearing Gadwal saris in brilliant contrasts, as well as subtle and elegant distinctions.

Models strutted down the ramp clad in Gadwal sarees showcasing luxurious zari work on the border and the pallu, making them simply beautiful to behold!

On 14th February, 'Best Dressed Couple' and 'Made for Each Other' competitions would be organised at the main Chaupal of Surajkund International Crafts Mela. The participants will be adjudged on basis of their age groups i.e. 18-25, 26-38, 39-50 & 51-65 years. First, second and third prizes will be given in each age group. 

Tree plantation initiative at Surajkund Mela

In the 'Plant a Sapling' initiative undertaken on Sunday morning at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela in association with Shuttl.com, the senior officers of Surajkund Mela Authority planted saplings near the Media Centre of the Mela.

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