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Medley of crafts

The Pachchai show will bring together traditional crafts from different parts of the country



An eye-catching array at the Pachchai crafts exhibition

INDUSTREE CRAFTS Foundation, in its effort to encourage artisans from all over the country and promote the sale of their crafts, brings you Pachchai.

Made with natural materials, in rich hues and textures, the products on display are a culmination of skill, design and an effort to provide a sustainable future.

Speaking the language of a carefully preserved past, these products hold the key to an eco-friendly environment. The foundation was set up to develop market-led rural livelihood and micro enterprises. As a crafts consultancy trust, it has been primarily involved in lending its design skills to a variety of crafts, providing support for market linkages, resource management, capacity building and quality control.

In the past year, the trust has been instrumental in undertaking a number of design development workshops. Apart from purchasing products from these groups for its associated retail outlets, "The Design Store", IndusTree realised the need for direct exposure and sales avenues for these craft groups.

Pachchai comes to Chennai for the first time, bringing with it a vibrant cross-section from the panorama of Indian crafts. Delicate embroidery by the Banjara community of Gujarat and Karnataka and miniature paintings from Rajasthan contrast with bell metal products from Kerala. The hand painted Kalamkari products compete with wooden toys which have a lac finish. Toys and tableware in terracotta are juxtaposed with natural fibre accessories in eye-catching colours from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa and Assam.

Pachchai will be held from October 4 to 10 at Amethyst, Padmavathi Road, Jeypore Colony, Gopalapuram.

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