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A slice of the State's craft

Have a peek at a few crafts of A.P. at the Tharuni Resource Centre, Ameerpet.

MADHUBANI PAINTING: The artist with his art.

THE AMBIENCE reminds one of a miniature Shilparamam. As one walks down the thatched roof stalls at Tharuni Resource Centre (8-3-222, Near Sarathi Studio's, Ameerpet) one notices the common ethnic element. But the comparison ends with that. The crafts mela organised by the Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh in association with Andhra Pradesh Finance Corporation provides a glimpse of some of the handicrafts and handlooms of Andhra Pradesh barring two stalls - Madhubani panels and Sandur embroidery, Karnataka.

There are the usual crafts and handlooms such as Etikoppaka toys (besides the usual bowls and other toys there is a two-wheeler reflecting the innovation), Kondapalli toys, Nakashi scroll paintings, wooden toys (mythological figures like Krishna, Ganesha and so on predominate) and sawdust masks from Cheriyal leather lamp shades, saris from Venkatagiri, Mangalagiri, Puttapaka, Banjara lambada embroidery there are some things which are worth checking out. Hand-painted Kalamkari is used on boxes, files, photo frames and purses. The base is of a synthetic material while the top has a hand-painted motif. One of the stalls has a few new designs in Mangalagiri salwar-kameez fabrics. Besides, some of the Mangalagiri dress materials have Kalamkari prints too. The stall also has Mangalagiri running material (priced at Rs. 70 per metre) as well besides saris priced from Rs. 595 onwards.

YOUNG TALENT: Designer wear from Kriti's boutique. — Photos: P.V.Sivakumar

Four young girls who run Kriti's boutique in Ashok Nagar display some elegantly-embroidered (hand and machine) salwar-kameez material. Mostly in cotton and jute, these are priced between Rs. 400 and Rs. 1400. Have a look at the jute embroidery which is rather new.

Appliqué work and woollen embroidery (mostly chain stitch is used) on cotton bedsheets and diwan sets from Madanapalle are displayed. The double bedsheet with pillows costs Rs. 700, while the diwan set comprising diwan cover, three cushion covers and two bolster covers costs Rs. 450. The Puttapaka stall has some good cotton and silk dupattas costing Rs. 300 and Rs. 800. A telia rumal one in black, red and white is priced at Rs. 1250. There are some saris too in mercerised cotton. These can be mixed and matched with some plain Mangalagiri fabric.

The Sandur stall (of Karnataka) has a number of Banjara batuas, sling bags and other bags, cushion covers and small pouches. The Crafts Council of A.P. in its stall has showcased the lambada embroidery of Yellamma thanda, near Ibrahimpatnam. Check out blouse pieces and other small items. A number of Madhubani panels on hand-made paper are available too. The CSI Women's School, Palamner has a number of hand towels, table runners and even greeting cards and bookmarks with neat cross stitch. This mela is a small one and do not expect something on the lines of Shilparamam. It is open till February 16 between 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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