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Alluring khadi prods


The ongoing Khadi and Village Industries Commission products exhibition cum sale has brought with it a wide range of khadi cotton, silk, muslin, woollen and tassar fabric, homemade pickles, jelly, papads and a variety of tribal medicines.

The traditional cottage industries account for a reasonable domestic sales and sizable export segment, too. These industries offer subsistence to many rural people who dependent on them, for instance the Khadi Gram Udyog.

"These people have come from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East and West Godavari districts with their products," says A. Mohanty, Director of the regional office of KVIC.

In spite of the popularity of the shopping malls for the gizmos, even today the khadi fabric is in vogue for its comfort and ethnic look. The exhibition at Prahladha Kalyana Mandapam has an array of colourful kurtas for both men and women. The pretty khadi cotton sarees have a definite appeal. The khadi is also hip, and college-goers can design some cool khadi kurtas. Throw in some beads and wooden buttons and there you have a designer wear for yourself!

For the buys, check out the Pochampalli sarees, handkerchiefs, beautiful bedsheets and the threadwork sarees.

As for health fads, there is a range of herbal and ayurvedic products. Check out the unique tribal medicinal seeds and rare herbs, which provide great solution for diabetes and BP. Some ayurvedic doctors are part of the exhibition to throw more light on these medicines.

Incense sticks (agarbatti) in sandalwood, rose, kewra, sandalwood powder, soapnut, amla and shikakai powder can also be purchased at the expo. If you are a coffee or tea addict, the exhibition offers a herbal alternative tea useful for hypertension and BP patients.

The exhibition will be on from 9 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. till Monday.

N.G.

Photo: K.R. Deepak

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