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Art of crafts

The Crafts Bazaar is the perfect destination for a slice of traditional handicrafts.



HEAVY METAL: Decorative items in metal for the home.

THE ONGOING Crafts Bazaar at T.T.D. Kalyana Mandapam, Liberty Road, Himayatnagar, offers the rich heritage of arts and crafts of Andhra Pradesh and selected crafts and textiles from other parts of the country like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Vishwakarma, a voluntary organization for artisans' welfare, organised the exhibition. This is their fortieth exhibition so far. "The sole objective of the organization is to bring the artistes together and to assist them, increasing their earning capacity and thereby improve their standards of living," explains K. Jonathan, the secretary of the organization.

Jonathan said the dependency on middleman and late payment had prompted the artisans to register as an NGO to improve the marketability of their products as well extension services like product diversification, design, development and construction of housing-cum-work sheds with the assistance of Central/State government organizations.

The crafts on display include Kalamkari prints and paintings, woodcarvings, pearls and imitation jewellery, lac bangles, artistic cotton durries and tie & dye wall hangings. Toys artefacts created out of palm leaves and seashells vie for space with educational toys for children.



PRETTY PORCELAIN: Vases in all shapes and sizes waiting to be picked up.

Terracotta, Saharanpur wood carvings, Tanjore paintings, Sholapur wall hangings, copper puja articles, Narsapur lace, cane and bamboo craft, leather articles and Jaipur bedsheets are some of the things you could indulge in to brighten up your home.

One particularly interesting piece is the lampshade with an idol of Ganesha for a base from Panipat, Haryana, which comes in different sizes. The Mysore rosewood articles, agarbatthis, Chennapatnam toys and wire dolls are also good buys for gifts.

For a new wardrobe you could check out handlooms from Tamil Nadu, zari purses from Agra, Calcutta cottons, jute bags, dress materials and saris. The Rudraksha malas would lend a line of devotional chic while the Banjara embroidery and appliqué work would lend a much-needed splash of colour to your outfits.

The artisans sell directly to the public thus doing away with the middlemen. The prices are very reasonable and the exhibition is on till November 26.

SAILAJA B.

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