A riot of colours
Skilful work of traditional art on display.
BEAUTIFUL WEAVES from the South and Gujarat's colourful tribal embroidery come together in a quality craft exhibition jointly organised by Dakshinachitra and Sandhur Kushal Kendra of Kutch. Each craft item on display from the tiniest of embroidered purses to the magnificent Upada and Venkatagiri is a skilful work of traditional art expressed in contemporary language. The collection spans saris, Kalamkari made-ups, Palmyra leaf baskets and embroidered bags, purses, kurtas, etc.
It is a blaze of colours at the exhibition venue. The bright oranges, blues and greens of typically bordered Chettinadu and Kanchi saris, the soft hues of Venkatagiri and the pristine gold and white Kerala saris acting as a perfect foil! The ikat saris and dupattas are particularly compelling in their blend of design and colours. There are shopping options for men too, from smart Kerala and Gandhigram kurtas to more colourful kurtas and shirts embellished with Kalamkari block prints. Any of these could make a perfect gift, including a lovely choice of ikat dhurries in bright colours and kalamkari dhurries expressed in more muted hues.
The Craft Exhibition offers the prettiest of embroidered hats, bags, kurtas, etc. Intricate tribal motifs expressed in a whirl of embroidery stitches and mirrors make even the most mundane of functional items a "speciality" craft piece. Equally "special" are Chettinadu "kottans" and baskets which charm with their exuberant colours and intricate weaves. The handwoven baskets and kottans come in several sizes and in a profusion of bright colours. The craft exhibition is on at DBS Galleria, 31A, Kodambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam till July 13.
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