Annually, Goa State Museum organsies ‘Museum Week’ on the second week of January to promote Goan art and culture through photo exhibitions, activities, lectures that are related to that year’s theme. This year the theme of the week is ‘traditional sarees of India’, which is put into form with a photo exhibition featuring nearly 34 photographs of sarees from different states across India. “The main aim of this photo exhibition is to document the different types of sarees that are available in India,” said director, Goa State Museum, Radha Bhave. Speaking about the target audience Bhave said: “The exhibition will interest women as they want to know more about sarees, besides this exhibition will help them know about the traditional sarees that are available in India.” The chief guest for the inaugural ceremony was principal of Goa college of Home Science, Mahesh Pai.
Some of the sarees on display at the exhibition include Kunbi fabric cotton from Goa, Venkatagiri fabric cotton from Andhra Pradesh, Salem fabric silk from Tamil Nadu, Kashmiri or Pashmina fabric silk from Kashmir, Phulkari fabric silk from Punjab amongst others. The week has several activities and lectures lined up for the audience. A talk on the topic ‘Insight of traditional Indian sarees’ by Suvarna Gouri of Home Science College, Campal was held on January 10. On January 11 there will be a film show on the Kunbi saree weaving process throughout the day. On January 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be session on the different styles of saree draping.
(The museum week will be held till January 14 from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at Goa State Museum and is Open to all.)