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Indian Saris

Indian saris are popular in Pakistan and ikkat and batik prints are hot choices.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2003 21:12 IST

Indian saris are popular in Pakistan and 'ikkat' and 'batik' prints are not easily available there, making the womenfolk "crazy" about the textiles from across the border.

"I have bought at least a dozen saris for friends and relatives, especially women, who are enchanted with Indian textiles," Azmat Abbas Butt, a journalist from Lahore, told PTI in New Delhi.

Abbas, who heads Lahore bureau of the Herald magazine, was in the capital alongwith four other Pakistani scribes to attend a UNDP workshop for journalists from the South Asian region earlier this week.

"Saris are popular in Pakistan, especially Indian saris, and it is not very often that women back home get an opportunity to get saris from here," he said.

Zofeen T Ebrahim, a freelancer from Karachi who has come to India a couple of times before, visited the popular markets of the city, including Connaught Place, Delhi Haat and Lajpat Nagar, buying fabrics.

"You don't get 'ikkat' prints in Pakistan, and then 'batik' prints here are different," said Zofeen, who also bought khadi clothes which are not available in her country.