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Ethnic and eco-friendly

The Madhya Pradesh craft bazaar showcases an affordable variety of textiles and artefacts


MAHESWARI, CHANDERI, Bagh prints... it's Madhya Pradesh unveiled at the Guild of Service hall, Egmore.

Maheshwari saris in pastel hues with a touch of gold on silk and cotton beckon attention. They are priced at Rs. 2,500 upwards. The Chanderis come with gold checks and buttis. Also on display are tussar (or kosa) saris and dress materials.

Handbags, purses, mobile holders, pouches and jewel boxes with zari embroidery and stone beadwork from Bhopal are pocket friendly, while Tikamgarh bell metal artefacts, tribal paintings and fabrics from Mandla are captivating.

Jute jhoolas, carpets, shopping bags, water bottle holders and lampshades make an eco-friendly statement. Silk shawls, stoles, wall hangings and cushion covers from Varanasi, leather products from Indore, lace and crochet worked tablemats, dining table covers and cushion covers from Narasapur are worth checking out. Bagh printed home furnishing and fabrics are other attractions. A 20 per cent discount is being offered on the range.

The Craft Bazaar, organised by Mrignayanee, and sponsored by The Development Commissioner (handicrafts), is on till February 18, 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A. CHITHRAA DEEPA

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