The title of this note is misleading as it is too broad \u2013 it is like saying \u2018the universe\u2019\u2026\nI am sure that even if I were to toil 10 days and 10 nights continuously, the exercise of listing out all the handloom textiles produced in India would not be complete.\nThis note is not that ambitious \u2013 it is a set of photos of a visit to the Handloom Expo organised by the Textile ministry a few months ago.\n***\nThe beauty of textiles at such expos ranges from mediocre to spectacular.\u00a0 And along with vendors from most of the states of India there is also a display booth with some items specially picked out / commissioned by the ministry.\nThese are photos of that booth:\n\n \u00a0 \nSome were saris \u2013 that no doubt beautiful, were things that I might find in my own wardrobe:\n \nBut here are some others that were new to me and interesting!\n\n\n\n \n \n \n\u00a0 \nA whole day can be spent at this expo and though the hunt is tedious, the rewards are delightful! Plus the fact that the expo is on only for a limited period, puts some pressure on the decision-making.\nWhen I\u2019m in Singapore out shopping \u2013 I come back with nothing \u2013 as I find nothing worth buying. And that has sometimes led to thoughts of self-doubt \u2026. is it that I have lost interest in the material things \u2013 is it that I am now too dull and jaded \u2013 is it that the fire of life has left me \u2026 and so on.\nBut at the Handloom Expo when I leave exhausted and happy assisted by others to carry home bags full of textiles that I could not have lived without, I know that all is well!\nA big thank-you to the Ministry of Textiles for organising these annual events!\n\np.s. \u2013 The colloquial phrase \u201cthis is a handloom\u201d actually means \u201cthis is a handloom textile\u201c. My grandaunts from whom I learnt the word \u201chandloom\u201d have almost certainly never laid their eyes on an actual loom in their entire lives but they have enjoyed wearing many many handlooms!\nAnd so we have handloom exhibitions where not a single loom is exhibited.\nYes \u2013 Indlish can be as confusing as real English \u2013 what to do!\n\njm\nAug 2016\n\nnational handloom day #nationalhandloomday\nSave\nThe post Handlooms of India appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.