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More handicrafts

Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Take yoour pick of finely-crafted items.

SURYANI ARTS and Crafts Emporium, at Manipal Centre recently joined the list of numerous handicrafts in Bangalore. This showroom however, boasts of an awesome collection of artefacts and more. It not only sells handicrafts, but has also been manufacturing them, for over 40 years. With two showrooms in Mysore, the Suryani brothers opened their third store in Bangalore.

Says A.A.K. Suryani: "Bangalore has a big market, but the variety of goods is not so great. We have managed to get a good collection here, and at good prices too." One sees a large number of the products in wood at the store. Ninety percent of the goods are manufactured by them, by select artisans. Rosewood, sandalwood, sal wood, white cedar, and so on are used.

There is a range of sandalwood figurines, idols of gods, symbols from India's heritage and history, in many sizes from an inch to about two feet in height.

Says Mr. Suryani: "These are done by master craftsmen and each piece has great detail. Once the piece is made, it is difficult to get an exact replica." Also available in sandalwood are little gift items such as jewellery boxes, animals such as turtles, camels, and the like, carved items for your showcase, carved key chains, pens, chanting beads, and so on. The price of gift items begins at Rs. 50. Jewellery in sandalwood consists of pretty necklaces (Rs. 200 upwards), earrings, and beautiful kadas (Rs. 465 upwards).

Figurines in cedar wood are as beautiful as the sandalwood ones, but of course they come at a much cheaper rate. Made by sandalwood craftsmen, they contain as much detail and form as the sandalwood pieces.

While most of them are left in their original look, some little pieces are also painted in different colours and gold paint. Sal wood figures are of much bigger size and are painted in bright hues.

Rosewood carvings at Suryani are exquisite and are detailed. While the subject may differ, the carvings are so intricate that they could take two to three years to complete.

Other handicrafts at Suryani's are brass vases from Uttar Pradesh (delicately painted in gold and black), bronze and brass figurines of gods (touched up with a unique polish that gives it the antique look), puja items such as diyas and spoons in bronze, carpets and shawls from Kashmir, painted ceramic peg holders, beaded handbags, wall hangings, stoles, table runners from Benaras, gemstone jewellery boxes and coasters, enamel painted silver figurines, jewellery boxes of camel bone, silver daggers, walking sticks (Rs. 3,000 upwards) and so on.

At Suryani's one can also pick up beautiful furniture with inlay work. There are swings, dining table sets, and sofa sets priced at Rs. 32,000 upwards here.

Paintings on paper, canvas, and cloth are also available. Some of the miniature paintings in natural dyes, depicting the Mughal era are so rich in detail that their prices can go up to Rs. 7,000.

Beautiful pieces of natural rock and semiprecious stones in large sizes are also on display at the showroom. If you fancy a chunk of rock in different colours, jade or amethyst, you can get it at Rs. 2,000 onwards.

Suryani's can be contacted at 5092322/23.

TINA GARG

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