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Crafts to decorate homes

Choose from an assortment of handicrafts at the Poompuhar expo


WALKING ALONG the narrow pathway inside Poompuhar, the sales showroom of the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, you wonder why plants find a place in a shop selling handicrafts. When you are told that they are up for sale at the handloom and handicrafts exhibition currently on, you become curious. Take a closer look and you are in for a surprise. These are artificial plants made of wax, plastic, wire and cloth and come in flowerpots.

The exhibition, on till June 18, showcases decorative items, paintings, spadiga malas and a whole lot of gift articles. "As this is our first exhibition in this financial year, we have displayed handicrafts and handlooms from other states," says P. Mohamed Ali, manager of the showroom. Beautiful inlaid wooden frames, whitewood carvings and lac toys from

Karnataka vie for attention with velvet and pitchwa paintings from Rajasthan, impressive kurtas and our very own Sungudi saris.


The handmade paintings combine the best of two art forms -painting and sculpting. Ceramic powder is embossed on a wooden board, carved on and then painted. The natural colouring makes these works all the more appealing.

Small is beautiful, they say, and you get a feel of how wonderful it can be when you browse through the collection of lac toys. This section also features a miniature replica of the giant wheel, Air India's Maharaja, mandapams and kilugilippai.

Lovers of ornaments can choose from silver ornaments, earrings, bangles and multi-hued strands. Idols and images of Lord Vinayaka abound. But if you go looking for giant idols, you will return disappointed. Instead, what you find in plenty is a good collection of miniature Vinayaka idols made of crystal. Stands made of driftwood are another attraction. The coffee stumps have been cleaned and varnished to make a wonderful decorative-cum-utility piece.

The pitchwa paintings catch your attention immediately. This glossy artwork done on silk cloth has a rich visual appeal thanks to the dexterity of the artisan.

The expo is open from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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