Handloom and handicrafts from various States were on display at the annual All India Exhibition organised by the Palani-based Kalachitra, an organisation for the promotion of art and crafts, at Makkal Mandram in the city.

The terracotta of West Bengal; wooden handicrafts, carpets and door mats of Uttar Pradesh; lac bangles of Rajasthan; pearls and coral of Hyderabad; wooden toys of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh; decorated jute bags of Kolkata were the handicrafts on display.

For the lovers of handloom fabrics, the Gujarat cotton printed saris, Sungidi saris; West Bengal cotton and Kantha saris; bed sheets, bed covers, curtains of Haryana and Rajasthan were the major attractions.

A discount of 20 per cent is offered for handloom varieties and ten per cent for handicrafts.

The Kalachitra has stocked Rs.30 lakh worth handloom and handicrafts at the expo, which will continue till February 14. It has targeted to market Rs.15 lakh worth goods.

The Kalachitra achieved a sales turnover of Rs.12lakh during a similar exhibition held in the city last year, according to B.Shanmugam, person in charge of the expo.

The Kalachitra, promoted by a group of art and crafts loving individuals of various States, has been organising exhibitions in various parts of the State. From next year it has planned to organise similar exhibitions in the other states, Mr.Shanmugam added.

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