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Old world charm

Traditional handicrafts and textiles beckon attention at Poompuhar



Lamps in various sizes. Pic by K. Pichumani

POOMPUHAR HAS ushered in the festive spirit with an exhibition of handicrafts and artefacts from all over the country at Sivasakthi Kalyana Mandapam, W126, III Avenue, Anna Nagar.

Ahuge brass lamp at the entrance beckons attention. An array of lamps in various sizes from the Thanjavur district is available at a discount of 15 per cent.

The Benares silk wall hangings, letter holders and cushion covers, Muradabad brass artefacts, Narasapur crochet creations, Kashmiri wooden spatulas, fruit bowls and massage kits, Kondapalli dolls and lac bangles, Rajasthani silk paintings and Meenakari jewelleryrepresent crafts from the various states.

Trendy range

Also showcased are a variety of handicrafts of Tamil Nadu. From Mamallapuram there is a wide range of stone artefacts. Ashtalakshmi, Dasavathara and musical Ganesha sets are priced at Rs. 45 each. Trendy marble stone pendants and shell-crafted items are striking.

One of the stalls displays dry flowers, palm crafts (baskets, lamp shades, boxes and mats), home furnishing and dress materials manufactured by NGOs and self-help groups. Colourful beadwork the Nari koravas lends a folk element to the fair.

One can also go in for delicately crafted glass bells, thombai from Kumbakonam, gold plated brass door handles, temple jewellery from Tanjavur and one gram gold plated jewellery.

Apart from the handicrafts, saris and dress materials from various states are available at a 10 per cent discount. The exhibition is on till August 16 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m).

A. CHITHRAA DEEPA

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