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Crafted with finesse

The All India Artisans Handicrafts Fair, organised by Kairali, showcases the myriad craft forms of the country. On till May 4 at the C.P. Arts Centre.


AT THE All India Artisans Handicrafts Fair, the focus is on helping smaller craftspersons sell their ware directly to the customer. The fair organised by Kairali at the C.P. Arts Centre, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, reflects the innovation in product design and medium while using age-old craft skills. Many of the sheeshamwood objects have brass inlay work and there is a plethora of smart and boxes, trays, fruit bowls etc. available for gift shoppers. Kerala's crafts form a major part of the fair with bell metal lamps, urlis in many sizes, brass and wood "para" boxes and well crafted rosewood figures vying for attention. Also on display are screw pine mats, coconut shell bowls and root sculptures reminiscent of Manipur's root sculpture gods.

Ssheeshamwood artefacts and furniture done in Kashmir's walnut wood style as well as antique Moradabad brass storks in a pleasing combination of brass and polished sheeshamwood make pretty pictures.

Sandalwood carving may be becoming rare with the paucity of sandalwood but Jaipur's kadam wood offers a reasonably attractive alternative in the shape of well sculpted gods and godesses, animal and bird forms and other decorative artefacts with typical perforated craft work. Also from Rajasthan come Pichchwai paintings on silk as well as reproduction miniatures.


The textile section of the fair is lacklustre and could have done with a better selection of block prints. The Maheshwaris, Chanderis and Chikan kurtas are what one sees at all the handloom shows. But what one can pick up is Madhubani art done on hand made paper and unusual terracotta pottery.

Kairali's "All India Artisans Handcrafts Fair" concludes on May 4.

PUSHPA CHARI

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