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Ethnic chic

Pick up some bargains at the ongoing crafts fair



Terracotta wind chimes

CRAFTS FAIRS in Thiruvanathapuram seem to have a dedicated clientele. The ongoing all-India crafts fair at the VJT Hall is no exception.

The USP of this exhibition is Jayanarayan Das' works on palm leaves. Das, a gifted painter, has painted on different media. The traditional `Patachitra' paintings depicting `Dashavatars' or the life of Krishna are unique to Orissa. Das, who hails from Bhubaneshwar, says he is here for the second year. There are Tussar paintings that cost Rs. 550. This is done using both acrylic and fabric paints. There are also bookmarks made of painted palm leaves.

Sand paintings

Krishna Nair's sand paintings of Mother Theresa, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Sree Narayana Guru, Mata Amritanandamayi, Lenin and Ganesha attract a lot of visitors but the steep prices appear to be putting off many people. Wooden sculptures from Tamil Nadu and metals idols have many buyers. So do ornaments from Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. Another attraction is wood inlay work depicting scenery and gods. There are elegant kurtas for men, both short and long, from Rajasthan for Rs. 260. Terracotta pieces from Calcutta, including wind chimes and Ganeshas in a variety of sizes and shapes, Kholapuri chappals, wooden toys from Andhra Pradesh, Dhaka and Bengal saris, Tussar saris, idols in white metal from Jaipur, Ganeshas carved in black stone and painted and metal sculptures are also on sale. Even furniture made of steel and glass can be picked up from the exhibition.

The exhibition will conclude on January 24.

B.S.

Photo: S. Mahinsha

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