A ‘Rajasthan craft mela’ began at the Poompuhar Showroom near railway junction here on Monday. It showcases handicrafts sourced from artisans from various parts of Rajasthan, including Jodhpur and Jaipur.

“Handicrafts often don’t get promoted. Our aim is to support and encourage Indian craftsmen. Through exhibitions like these, we hope to provide good patronage for craftsmen,” said V. Ganesan, manager, Poompuhar Showroom, which comes under the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation.

The expo has gift articles made with intricate workmanship and handicrafts on display range from as low as Rs.10 to Rs.4 lakh.

A wide variety of metal and stone articles including ‘panchaloha’ idols, marble idols and brass handicrafts, are on sale. Women who visited the mela liked the ‘navaratna’ jewellery on display. Handicrafts priced relatively lesser included wooden key chains, utensils made of wood and lacquer toys. Hand-woven cloth screens with intricate designs were also among the handicrafts up for sale.

“Radium pictures of deities are new this year and have been in demand,” said Mr. Ganesan. “Our sales target for the year is Rs.3 lakh” he added. The mela will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be on till June 15.

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