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Best of Andhra crafts on show

The Andhra Pradesh Crafts Bazaar offers Kalamkari paintings, Venkatagiri saris and Chirala textiles



Woodcrafts and clothes are a big draw at the sale.

KALAMKARI PAINTINGS, Venkatagiri saris, Pochampalli bed sheets and Chirala textiles are some of the handicrafts and handloom items on show at the Andhra Pradesh Crafts Bazaar '04. The exhibition being held at Hotel Woodlands has been organised by Kala Srusti, an NGO from Chitoor District, Andhra Pradesh.

Nearly 50 artisans from all across Andhra Pradesh are displaying their wares at the expo. The range of handicrafts also includes woodcarvings, Hyderabad pearls and brass sheet metal work.

Though the wide range of textiles on display is attracting quite a number of visitors, the stalls displaying woodcarvings and Kalamkari paintings are the crowd favourites.

Ayaz Ahmad, an artisan who has come to sell his rosewood carvings says: "I am displaying a wide range of wood works ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 7,500. People like to pick up any item that catches their fancy. However, the Karalpudi toys, which cost much less are the choice for middle class buyers."

C. Mohan, whose family has been making Kalamkari paintings for generations, is displaying paintings that can keep a visitor engrossed for hours. Mohan's paintings command a premium in the export market. Kala Srusti helps him market his work better.

Samuel, a Hyderabad pearl merchant, feels NGOs such as Kala Srusti have a big role in the upliftment of artisans. "We artisans have received real fillip from this NGO. They have created a platform for us to showcase our products and sell them at reasonable rates," he says.

A spokesman for Kala Srusti echoes his sentiment. "Normally, we do daily business to the tune of Rs. 1 lakh during such events. This is a great opportunity for these artisans to showcase their products. We are looking forward to our next expo at Madurai."

Kala Srusti has worked for the upliftment and development of crafts persons from Andhra Pradesh and Chitoor District in particular. It has also supplemented efforts of the Union and State Governments for overall development of artisans in terms of marketing, design and technical development, skill upgradation, health, insurance, housing cum work areas, nominations for awards and other such benefits.

The 50 artisans taking part in the expo are on the road for most of the year. Financial assistance from the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, New Delhi, enables these artisans to travel across India and participate in exhibitions. They have come to Mangalore from Nasik and then will move on from here to Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram, Calicut and Vellore.

(The exhibition is on till November 7.)

J.S.

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