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Captivating Crafts Bazaar


Even amidst the unpredictable weather and frequent showers, enthusiastic buyers can be seen flocking around the stalls at the ongoing All-India Crafts Bazaar-2004, an exhibition-cum-sale organised by Kala Srusti.

The exhibition has a whole range of sarees, dress material, a variety of decorative items and miniature paintings on cloth and in-lay patchwork in wood. The exhibition unfolds the Indian excellence in handloom and handicrafts and an array of accessories.

Craftsmen from all over the country are displaying their ware at the exhibition. The hand-block paintings in kurtas and tops from U.P., with their prices ranging from Rs.30 to Rs.150, are a definite hit with the youngsters. Washable and patchwork bags from Nagpur are the most sought after items. And, of course, there are lots of gorgeous collections of sarees and dress material from Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.

Check out the exclusive Chikan work sarees and dress material from Lucknow and the beautiful South cottons and silks.

If you have been scouring for ethnic artefacts to decorate your home, you can head for the stalls selling miniature paintings in cloth from Rajasthan, brass metal show pieces from Orissa, a variety of leather items, colourful lampshades and puppets, exquisite carvings in wood and many more fancy items.

Small is beautiful, they say, and you get a feel of how wonderful it can be when you browse through the collection of lacquerware toys and the Etikoppaka dolls.

Ornament lovers can choose from the multi-hued bangles of lac, beautiful stone earrings and the fascinating Hyderabad pearls.

Idols and images of Lord Vinayaka abound. You can find a collection of miniature Vinayaka idols made of crystals and wood.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. till next Monday.

N.G.

Photo: K.R. Deepak

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