An array of terracotta figurines characterised by vivid features and expressions guard the doorway of ‘All India Crafts Bazar’, whilst reflecting the moods of customers entering the national handicrafts expo, currently underway at Sri Thyagaraja Mandapam in the temple city.

Organised by ‘Vishwakarma’, a voluntary organisation working for artisans’ welfare, the expo features a fascinating range of handicrafts by artisans and craftsmen from across the country. “With the holiday season round the corner, the sales have been brisk,” says T. Rambabu, meticulously folding his ‘Kalamkari’ fabric. The art of Kalamkari paintings is one of the oldest art forms practiced in Srikalahasti and surrounding villages of Chittoor district. Besides this, women can choose from an assortment of exquisitely designed jewellery like wooden bangles, beads, metal chains, crystals and much more. “We brainstorm on what design and elements to incorporate in the jewellery,” said Dilip Chakraborty from Kolkata.

The expo ends on March 28 (Friday).