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Traditional crafts

Choose from a range of one-gram gold and temple jewellery at this Poompuhar exhibition

Pics. S. Siva Saravanan

THE GLITTER and design draw your attention instantly. But they are not real jewellery. The imitation jewellery with intricate designs and embellishments on the one-gram gold bangles are indeed wonderful.

Pearl studded malas and imitation jewellery abound at the stall showcasing Hyderabadi crafts at the ongoing exhibition of handicrafts and handlooms at Poompuhar, the sales showroom of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation.

Amidst the plentiful pearl malas you can also pick fancy silver jewellery, pendants with images of Vinayaka and Venkatachalapathy, earrings, crystal malas and panchaloha jewellery. Simple bangles and neatly woven saree matching threads are also available in this section.

`American diamond sets', glossy stone-studded necklaces and bangles, coral anklets, navarathna stones from Jaipur, one gram gold necklaces, rings, silver and oxidised silver ornaments are added attractions.

There is also an exclusive section for puja articles and temple jewellery.

Valampuri conches of all sizes right from the miniature granule-sized version have been displayed. Vinayakas and lingams made of rasamani, a pencil-shaped spadiga mala and rudrakshas also managed to draw attention.

Good luck charm


Bells, sudarshana saligram, images of deities made in brass and articles used for aradhana are also showcased. The craze for luck-related insignia doesn't seem to wane. You can find birth stones, lucky stones and other paraphernalia in plenty.

In the handlooms section, the famous Madurai sungudi sarees, ghagra cholis, churidars and bed spreads and bed sheets from Gujarat have been exhibited.

A discount of 10 per cent is offered. The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. till March 10.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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