The annual craft bazaar conducted by North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation was inaugurated at Maditssia hall, here on Wednesday.

Craftsmen from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have exhibited an array of handloom and handicraft products in the exhibition that will conclude on March 11.

According to Mr K. Balasubramanian, a representative from North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation, nearly 150 craftsmen from north eastern districts are taking part in the exhibition.

“There is 10 per cent discount for handicraft products and 20 per cent discount for handloom products”, he said.

“For the first time, we have brought Muga Silk and Pat Silk to Madurai. The response we received in our exhibitions in other parts of Tamil Nadu such as Chennai was overwhelming for the saris and other dress materials in the silk that are indigenous to Assam.

We expect a positive response from the people of Madurai,” said Dani Das from Assam. The saris in Muga silk have been priced from Rs.9,500 and Pat silk from Rs.5,500.

The traditional paintings from Sikkim made of vegetable ink set against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga and the fancy fans exhibited at Selina Wangehuk Lefeha’s stall are attractive.

“This is my first visit to Madurai,” said Ms Selina Wangehuk from Sikkim.

The cane furniture, bamboo furniture, artificial flowers, home decors, accessories, wooden artefacts, curtains, baskets, bags and decors made of natural grass are the other prominent materials displayed.

The exhibition sponsored by the Union Ministry of Textiles aims to promote and increase awareness of handlooms and handicrafts.

The exhibition will be open for public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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