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It's variety galore

A festive shopping experience awaits Chennai-ites at the Dakshinachitra Craft Shop sale at D.B.S. Gallerie on August 3 and 4.

IT'S A blaze of colour and creativity at the Dakshinachitra Craft Shop's exhibition-cum-sale of quality craft items, which opens on August 3 at D. B. S. Gallerie.

The craft shop has become a synonym for handpicked craft products; many produced by craft NGOs and other self help groups, which celebrate traditional handcraft skills presented in exciting design and conceptual language. And even in unusual mediums.

So whether it's an unusual gourd art `matka', a tiled terracotta `moorha', the loveliest of ikkat linen or even a traditional Kalamkari dhurrie, Dakshinachitra's Craft Shop Sale is a natural destination. To browse around, admire and pick up just that something you can't do without! Like vibrantly coloured, exquisitely woven Chettinad `kottam', for instance, in combinations of pink and beige, blue and pink and multicoloured weaves, ideal equally as decorative lifestyle statements and for storing and gift `wrapping'.

`Kala Nakha's' pretty embroidered silk and cotton bags and Sander Kasha Canard's embroidered cushion covers that elevate Gujarat's tribal embroideries to an art form are other lifestyle craft attractions at the sale. The cushion covers come in a dazzling variety of embroidered expressions, from muted to vibrant, often embellished with tinkling bells and cowrie shells.

Ikkat linen for the urban sophisticate, a choice of colourful perfectly woven Warangal dhurries, glazed pottery and compelling terracotta masks — the craft shop offers a wealth of exclusive craft products for today's handcrafted contemporary look.

Kasavu saris, dupattas and beautifully designed kurtas from Kerala offer a festive shopping experience. And one can pick up a piece of temple jewellery to go with it. In fact, if one is filling up the bottom draws for the forthcoming months of festivals and gift giving, the craft shop sale is just where you should be.

To pick up anything from terracotta painted hangings and masks to unusual palm leaf toys and the most exquisitely woven ikkat bedspreads and table linen. All at unbelievable discounts.

The Dakshinachitra Craft Shop sale will be on at D.B.S. Gallerie, 31 A, Cathedral Garden Road, Near Hotel Palmgrove, on August 3 and 4.


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