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Impressive handicrafts

Cane, jute and bamboo products steal the show at this exhibition


THE HALL is choc-a-bloc with jute and cane products. A wooden panel with Vinayaka in various poses and jute jhulas catch your eye the moment you step into the venue.

Silk, oil and three-dimensional paintings from the North East are truly impressive.

The ongoing `Crafts festival', the exhibition-cum-sale of handloom and handicrafts organised by `Purbashree', the Chennai branch of North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation, at Sri Seshadri Swamigal Mahal, 100 feet road, showcases a whole range of handicrafts from West Bengal and the North-Eastern states.

Artist Pankaj Moghe has used bits of rock and clay to give his paintings a natural look.

There is also Meenakari work on glass, Oriental and Chinese style silk paintings made using silk dyes and marble paintings in this section.

Jute slippers and footwear from West Bengal are available. So also are jute bags in various sizes.

You can also pick woven cane letter, magazine and newspaper holders, flower vases, candles, agarbathis and pen stands.

Items made of Kauna grass, cushions, mattresses, simple bamboo necklaces and the famed `Sital patti' mats from Assam have also been exhibited.


Mat paintings of Tripura and neatly carved portraits of Shiva, Naga and Vinayaka (bamboo roots are innovatively used to appear as hair) are displayed in the section that features handicrafts from the North-East.

Manipuri handlooms, hand-woven saris, duppattas, oil paintings on bamboo mat from Tripura, artistic bags, purses, jewellery and coin boxes from Santiniketan are the other items in this section.

"Such fairs provide a platform for artisans to exchange ideas. Ultimately, this will help them upgrade their skills," says S.K. Puzari, manager.

Artisans from other States have also showcased their products. Those from Tamil Nadu have put up Paniyaara kal, thayir satti, idikal, kal satti and maakkal for sale.

The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. till February 15.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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