The stalls are from Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

“Jute Fair”, an exhibition and sale of jute products organised by the National Jute Board (NJB), is on at Woodlands Hotel in the city.

The stalls offer jute bags in a wide range of designs and colours. Decorated with interesting motifs, from Warli art to applique work, they can be used for shopping, to carry books to college or to take to office. Some of them have glitter as they are woven with “zari” while others have embroidery, lace, shells and wooden beads on them.

Other than jute bags, there are purses, pouches, key-rings, foldable stationery boxes, footwear, carpets, rugs, cellphone case covers, trays and wall hangings. Many stalls have jute jewellery, which also are in a riot of colours. The stalls are from Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Stall owners have brought products from Kolkata, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Chennai and Bangalore. Most of them said they had designed the products themselves.

Rajendra Ghosh, a stall-owner, told The Hindu he had 150 designs of jute bags. Deepthi, a visitor, said, “Every shop has amazing bags.” The aim of the fair is to raise awareness among the people about eco-friendly products made from a natural fibre and in support of the Mangalore City Corporation’s drive against plastic bags, according to a press release issued by NJB.

For details, log on to www.indianjute.blogspot.com and www.juteevents.blogspot.com. The fair will end on Sunday.

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