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Variety, the buzzword

The ongoing Indian Arts and Crafts Bazaar showcases the country's rich craft traditions

Pic. by S. R. Raghunathan

Some of the artefacts on display at the crafts bazaar. Pic. by S. R. Raghunathan

WITH ONAM round the corner, it's time for celebration. The Kerala Artisans Development Corporation Ltd., has organised a two-week long Indian Arts and Crafts Bazaar till August 30, at Sri Sankara Hall, TTK Road.

The exhibition showcases a range of handicrafts and textiles from all over the country. Coconut shell craft, Kerala brass lamps and terracotta miniatures of fruits and vegetables (30 varieties available, each piece priced at Rs. 5 each) attract the eye.

Designer saris

Designer saris from Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow are the highlight of the exhibition.

The fine workmanship of Indian karigars is evident in the hand embroidered crepe, chiffon, Benares and georgette saris. Kundan, jaal, resham, sequins, silk thread, mirror and Parsi work... there is practically every kind of embroidery tradition on show.

These embellishments lend the six-yard attire an old world charm though the fabric has a contemporary appeal.

And for those who prefer salwar kameezes, the exhibition showcases sets in cotton with traditional prints.

Saris, suitable for party wear, are priced between Rs 1,500 and Rs. 20,000.

Home furnishing from Erode is another attraction. There are ready-to-use curtains in vibrant colours, table linen, aprons and bed spreads at affordable prices.

The wide variety of supari and mouth fresheners from Rajasthan are worth a try. Dry fruit mixture, imli laddu, jeera goli, peepal vati and hing laddu are some of the items that are available.

A 10 per cent discount is being offered on handicrafts and 20 per cent on textiles. The exhibition is on from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. till August 30.

A. CHITHRAA DEEPA

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