Artisans from around the country are exhibiting their wares at the Gandhi Shilp Bazar on Tamukkam grounds in Madurai.
The star attractions at the annual all India handicrafts exhibition-cum-sale, organised by SIPPO and the Ministry of Textiles, are mirror frames with ‘kundan’ stones, puppets made of goat leather and metal embossed fusion handicraft items. “It takes a whole day for two persons to make the mirror frames, which are made of brass and copper and then decked with ‘kundan’ stones,” said Shaukat Khan from Delhi, whose stall is filled with frames priced at Rs. 650 and exhibited here for the first time. Nagpur-based artist Vinay Dhimore’s metal embossed fusion wall hangings have Hindu deities Krishna and Radha as principle images. Coimbatore-based artist P. Natarajan has displayed bamboo models of two storeyed houses and boats. Nanda Tamli’s stall has decoration materials made of dry petals and clothes. Chandigarh artisan Kamla's wax bangles studded with white stones, priced at Rs. 450, are a hit among Madurai women.
The 10-day exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., until Pongal.