Aesthetic and useful
Ideal for the showcase... Pic. by M.Moorthy
A CRAFTS exhibition-cum-sale' organised by the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, a unit of KVIC, Government of India, is currently attracting large crowds at Sri Sankara Hall, TTK Road, Alwarpet.
Mainly aimed at the middle range shopper, the exhibition also has exclusive walnut wood and rosewood inlay furniture. The craft items range from Kondapalli toys and puja items from Varansai to beautiful rosewood artefacts, sheesham wood bric-a-brac and functional items, attractive couture leather handbags from Bombay and Delhi besides the popular white metal and gunmetal figures and artefacts.
Taking up a significant portion of the Khadi Gramodyog sponsored sale are intricately crafted walnut wood furniture items from Kashmir. These include sideboards, wine cabinets, sofa sets and divans along with a profusion of walnut wood trays, fruit bowls, candle stands, etc. Sheesham wood screens, occasional tables, garden chairs from Saharanpur as well as a wealth of brass inlaid jewellery boxes, trays, office organisers, etc., catch the eye. Lovely temple gopuram shaped teakwood puja mandaps are a new addition to the craft scenario, as are the tiny rosewood mandaps with space for just one icon. Lovely copper puja thalis, arati trays, deepams , Vishnu padams sphatika malas and havan kunds make the exhibition a perfect shopping arena for householders. Also available are brass vases, wall hangings, etc, from Moradabad, Shantiniketan's etched leather bags, ebony wood artefacts from Kerala as well as a host of decorative white metal and gun metal items, Kondappalli toys and so on. The exhibition ends on May 28.
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