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Variety on view

Textiles and artefacts from all over the country are featured at the on-going Gujarat handloom handicrafts exhibition


THERE'S PLENTY to choose from at the Gujarat State Handloom Handicrafts and Industrial Co-operative Federation's annual fair. Not only Gujarat, handicrafts from States such as U.P., Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Kashmir, Rajasthan and Karnataka are also on display.

Salwar kameez (Rs.350 upward) from Gujarat with vegetable dyes, batik, appliqué and mirror work beckon attention. Trendy batik kurtis in dark shades, embellished with glasswork (Rs. 120 upward), and block-printed cotton saris (Rs.275 upward) are eye-catching.

The range of artefacts includes letter stands with elephant and floral motifs, decorative puppets made out of cloth and velvet, thorans (mirror and thread work), wall pieces (glass work and mirror work), file holders, door cutters, aprons and dish mats.

"Resham" Benares silks from U.P, hand-embroidered Kashmiri kurtas, pashmina shawls, embroidered sofa covers, ikat kurtis and tie-and-dye salwar-suits, lampshades with appliqué work and patachitras are available.

Chikan kurtas for men, Kachi Bandhini in Benares silk, mothi boxes, Sambhalpuri saris, Chettinad silk cottons, block printed and mirror worked ghagras are other attractions. Among the brass artefacts from Aligarh are figures of various gods. Wooden acupressure items from U.P. are also showcased.

Jute bags from Madhya Pradesh priced at Rs.60, jewellery from Jaipur, and Gujarati white metal trinkets, sandalwood and rosewood artefacts from Karnataka are also part of the collection.

There is a section where you can buy digestive powders — masala dry fruit, salty amla, khus-khus, masala ginger and more.

The exhibition is on at the Sri Sankara Hall, TTK Road, till November 30.

MALAVIKA LAKSHMAN

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