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THE FESTIVE season is just right to pick up knick-knacks for your home and to give away as gifts to near and dear ones. The Craft Fair which is on till December 31at C.P Art Centre, No.1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet is showcasing a wide range of textiles, jewellery, home linen and artefacts.

From Kashmir there are intricately woven shawls, silk scarves and kaftans. Sambalpur silk and cotton saris and Bomkai silk saris that are unique to Orissa beckon attention. The home linen from Rajasthan with traditional designs are economically priced. The handloom curtains from Tamil Nadu are also pocket-friendly priced from Rs. 175 upwards.

Black metal figurines from Hyderabad (Rs. 72 to Rs. 29,000), brass and white metal from Muradabad and Jaipur and walnut furniture from Kashmir are worthwhile buys. There is an array of attractive temple jewellery too made of silver with gold leaves and studded with stones (Rs. 150 to Rs. 5000). Besides there are lac bangles from Rajasthan and white metal chains and bracelets encrusted with stones. The most expensive of these are the pieces studded Jaikani and Monalisa stones — a set of six bangles costs Rs. 550.

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