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Ethnic and elegant

The sale of handicrafts from Kutch at Urvi Weaves and Crafts offers a wide array of ethnic options.

COLOURFUL ARRAY: For your home and hearth.

THE BRIGHT colours of Kutch in Gujarat have come alive at Urvi Weaves and Crafts (Model House, Punjagutta, Ph: 23352661). "We have got the artisans from the region who are making the objects right here," Sarita of Urvi said. "We always wanted to get crafts from Kutch and this is as good a time as any."

Mala Kameesa works with wood. Using babool wood, he creates absolute darlings for the home. From ladles and spoons (Rs 50 to Rs 80) to belans (Rs 80 to Rs 150) and candlesticks (Rs 200), they have bright colourful designs that would brighten up the kitchen no end.

AT WORK: Mala Kameesa files at a thread reel.

Babool wood is used for utensils, as it does not react with food. Vegetable dyes are used for the same reason. Objects like the spice pounder and the multi-coloured thread reel remind one of a time before machines dictated our lives. The spice pounder for Rs 385 is hardy and an option to explore in these days of power cuts. All ye who wish to go back to nature could use it as a gateway!

SNUG & STYLISH: Bright shawls to warm up to.

The phrase, clear as a bell acquires a different meaning with the Zura bells. Made of an alloy of iron, brass and copper, these bells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From huge single bells to a set of seven, which ring out the seven musical notes, they make wonderful gifts.

QUAINT & COLOURFUL: Vegetable dyed utensils make a vivid splash.

There are also bells with geometric designs that can be hung up on the wall. The bells as key chains (Rs 20) make cool gifts or you could buy one and name your mount Dhanno after a certain Basanti!

Devji Punja Nizar has brought a fascinating display of leather goods. Crafted in camel leather, the mojris, letter holders, mirrors and wall hangings embellished with hand embroidery and cut work are interesting buys.

LOUD & CLEAR: Zura bells strike the right note.

And for our very Hyderabadi winters are the range of pretty shawls - embroidered with sparkling little mirrors. Hang out at your favourite soiree with one of these colourful shawls and make a bold statement in ethnic chic. And considering they cost anything between Rs 175 and Rs 315, your radical statement would not severely pinch your pocket.

For couch potatoes and those who hate to get out of bed, the block printed cotton razais (quilts) from Rajasthan and Kalamkari razais designed by Mamta Reddy give a solid reason to snuggle up with a whodunit and a steaming hot cuppa on winter mornings. The double razai costs Rs 1,420 while the single costs Rs 720. So if your tastes tend towards vivid colours and crafts of the desert region of Gujarat, you know where to go. The exhibition is on till December 7.

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