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Reflecting a rich culture

Traditional paintings from Rajasthan vie with handcrafted furniture and home furnishing at an exhibition

Pic. by N. Sridharan

Rajasthan comes alive: Vibrant artefacts at a mela — Pic. by N. Sridharan

AT THE Rajasthan Crafts Mela, paintings from various regions of the country attract attention. The exhibition is organised by The Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India.

Reflective of the vibrant culture of Rajasthan, the crafts vie with the silk paintings, Madhubani and other tribal paintings.

Themes such as a royal procession, palaces, elephant riders and Radha-Krishna have been picturesquely captured on silk in the Pitchwai paintings. The prices range from Rs.78 to Rs. 20,000.

Also on display are Ragini paintings, those of kings and queens from Jaipur and tribal art from Jodhpur with wooden jharoka work.

For those looking for handcrafted colonial furniture, there is a collection of Shekawati wooden miniature almirahs with glass and brass inlay work, corner tables, chest of drawers and sofa sets with an antique finish.

The painted wooden carvings from Jodhpur make ideal gifts. The traditional wooden chess coins too are attractive. The sandalwood ambari elephant from Jaipur, images of gods and goddesses, stools in camel leather with colourful embroidery, marble flower vases with gold work and heavy brass anklets with strings (ghungroo, priced at Rs. 88) are the other artefacts that one can pick up at the exhibition.

Home furnishing

In the home furnishing section, there is a range of vegetable block printed bedspreads, cushion covers and tablemats. Decorative potholders, door decorations, festoons, door garlands and curtains come in vibrant colours. The collection of wooden and cloth dolls is striking. There is a limited selection of unstitched salwar kameez sets and saris with vegetable print in cotton and silk.

The exhibition is on till December 18, 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 672, Temple Towers, Anna Salai, Nandanam.

A. CHITRAA DEEPA

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