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Handloom House is a place to go for a variety of textiles from saris, dress materials to furnishing fabrics. Avail a 20 per cent discount on all items being offered in the on-going silk-cotton mela till June 29.


IMPOSING ARRAY: The ornate ceiling designed by Jhabvala, is encrusted with coloured glass and mirrors. - Photos: Mohd Yousuf

ONE-STOP outlets showcasing the myriad textile wealth of the country are common today with State emporia and Kalanjali. But long before they came into existence in the twin cities, Handloom House (located near Exhibition Grounds at Nampally) opened in 1978 having a whole range of textiles from different parts of the country. This showroom is now organising a Silk-Cotton festival and is offering a discount of 20 per cent on all items.

Part of the Handloom House chain, the first of which was established in Mumbai in 1955 with subsequent branches in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore, the Hyderabad Handloom House spreads over 12,000 sq feet. As one steps in, one is struck by the ornate ceiling which is intact even after almost 24 years. Ethnic in design, this one designed by Jhabvala along with a few masks enliven the otherwise usual décor as found in showrooms. Somewhat akin to terracotta the `moulded structures jutting out' of the ceiling are encrusted with coloured glass and mirrors.

The two-tiered showroom has plenty to offer a discerning buyer. It showcases a mini India.

From saris and dress materials (silk and cotton from practically most parts of the country), to readymade shirts and kurtas, dhotis, to bed linen and furnishing fabrics and even carpets, dhurries and doormats, the choice is fairly large. Customers may not find the place bustling with beehive activity (as is the case with branches in other cities), nevertheless it gives them time to shop in peace and leisure.

If you are the kind who wants to buy at one place, then Handloom House could be a final destination. All you have to do is to make your requirements known. Kanchipurams, Benaras silks, Kanthas, printed silks and crepes, and our own Pochampally, Narayanpet, Gadwal saris will be unfolded on the counters. An array of cottons from Bengal, Benaras, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are displayed and stocked.

Those who are looking out for printed silk and plain raw silk dress materials will find them reasonably priced between Rs. 160 and Rs. 400.Those who run small and big enterprises and are on the lookout for uniform material of their staff can check out the stuff here for there are blues and khakis besides checked materials for shirts. Some of it could be used for school uniforms too.

Since the summer is far from gone people can have a look at the gents and ladies Lucknow kurtas. Also those fond of sleeveless jackets can find a few here. Ties and export quality shirts are worth a look.


IT'S A WRAP: The showroom has plenty to offer a discerning buyer.

The furnishing section (upholstery and carpets) is quite large with an impressive selection of materials from Panipat and Uttar Pradesh and within the price range of Rs. 86 and Rs. 200.

Cotton and woollen carpets from Haryana and Badoi (Uttar Pradesh) can brighten up the rooms. One can find different varieties in bed sheets too catering to every budget.

For those who want slightly higher-priced stuff there is an export quality cotton printed bedsheet too. Towels too come in different sizes.

Capitalise on the 20 per cent discount being given till June 29 on any of these items by which the items become even more reasonable.

When at the showroom also check out a separate section housing some items at 50 per cent discount. For all you know you may pick up something good at a throwaway price.

So make up your mind to go to Handloom House to shop in leisure.

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