If you have your old saris or trousers with you, don’t throw away that in haste because if you could give that to Nirmala T. Shah she would turn that into a cute handbag which you can hang around your shoulder and go places.

A two day exhibition, held here on Saturday and Sunday at the residence of Chhaya Shah, 45, Anna Nagar near Rajiv Hospital had exquisitely handmade embroidered handbags, mobile pouches, bread basket bags, purses and many items to decorate our houses.

Elegantly designed Gujarati ornamental and beaded jewellery worn during Navaratri festival like, necklaces, nose rings, earrings, bangles and rings, toe rings, bracelets along with their traditional attire bandini was kept for sale.

Ornamental one piece and two-piece wall hangings, wooden wall hangings, gift trays made of wood, a two-in-one rangoli board that can also be used as a door and wall hanging. The most attractive segment of the exhibition was the designer handmade lamps (diyas) and puja thalis. The earthenware lamps were brought from Mumbai, which were designed aesthetically depicting various flowers, images of Gods. Puja plates (thalis), with exotic designs representing the Gujarati tradition by embedding it with beads, ceramic and glass pieces was a treat to watch and could enter the list of things to be possessed.

The exhibition also had a good number of designer kurtas, which were reasonably priced. Most of the items, Nirmala T. Shah said, are not available here, so we thought of giving the people of the city a taste of Gujarati tradition. Ms. Nirmala has been involved in making handbags out of what we normally see as waste for the last 15 years. They can be contacted at 93846-59009.

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