An exquisite collection of dress materials, handicrafts, and metal objects presenting the rich diversity of the country was opened for public at the Lepakshi Crafts Bazaar on the Gunta Grounds.

Organised by the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation (APHDC LTD) with the financial assistance from Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government, the exhibition was opened by District Public Relations Officer G. Manoranjan.

A wide range of articles, including Shahranpur wood carvings, Moradabad brass items, toy items from Kondapalli and Etikoppa and dress materials from Bengal Silk, Mangalagiri and Pochampalli cotton, would be on display at the exhibition having 200 stalls.

The exhibition would be on till December 25.

Many crafts persons visiting the city for the first time have exuded confidence that the people of Guntur would take a liking to exhibitions of this magnitude.

Then there are white metal articles, rose wood carvings from Karnataka, jute bags from Bengal, bead jewellery and Panchaloha jewellery from Delhi.

The dress materials include, Kalamkari, Mangalagiri, Pochampalli and Venkatagiri from Andhra Pradesh, Chendari and Maheswari sarees from Madhya Pradesh and cotton sarees from Tamil Nadu.

“We have been providing a platform for over 2,000 artisans in marketing their wares and promote their crafts. We have organised over 100 exhibitions in our state and in other states and we hope to start off with a success here too, '' APHDC LTD manager G. Subba Rao said.

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