The expo is a salute to the skill of Indian artisans
With the initiative to support artisans and craftsmen of the villages in South India and some parts of North as well, “Jewel Expo 2012” organised by Poompuhar showcases some of the best handicrafts works of the country. It includes exquisite pieces of jewellery in precious and semi-precious stones from all over India.
Tiny shivalingams, in precious stones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire, are cut to perfection. The idol of Lord Ganesha in blue sapphire is priced at a whopping Rs. 3,30,000. These idols are made in Jaipur. Idols made of semi precious stones cost a little less. These are mostly made in rose quartz, yellow sapphire and agate. The idol of Lord Ganesha surrounded by eight rats is carved in rose quartz.
There is Minakari jewellery from Jaipur. The price of jhumkas, with the famed enamel work starts at Rs. 100 and go up till Rs. 800. There are earrings in German silver and black metal. The jute jewellery collection is unique. The necklaces look colourful with silk threads of different shades twined around the jute fibre. The jhumkas are Jhumkaspriced at Rs 50.
There is also fashion jewellery from Bangkok. There is temple jewellery that is gold plated with precious stones embedded in them. Some of the sets cost as much as Rs. 60,000. The tribal jewellery from North East in funky designs adds style to your attire. There are antique lockets and ancient Naga tribal coins used as part of necklaces. Some of them are also made of camel bones.
The showpieces and idols made of brass, terracotta, paper mesh, white metal, granite stone and wood are perfect for adorning your living rooms. The white metal figures with semi precious stones are priced around Rs. 4,000. You can take home granite sculptures made by artisans from Mamallapuram. The Tanjore artefacts made of three metals — brass, copper and silver —display the artistry of Tanjore craftspeople. There are Tanjore paintings galore, and the one of kutti Ganesha, walking jauntily with an umbrella in one hand and a water pot in the other, is adorable. A range of Pochampalli saris, cushion covers, bed sheets, leather bags and wall hangings are also on display.
The exhibition is on till July 15, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. at Poompuhar, Big Bazaar Street. There is also a ten per cent discount on the exhibits.