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Crafts and collectibles

Come and indulge in the ongoing Crafts Festival at Royal Court Function Hall and take home a treasure trove of items.

OFF THE WALL: For that splash of colour. — Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

NEITHER CAN the weather deter them nor the traffic jams. The city folks are just flocking to the Crafts Festival ceaselessly. Strategically placed in the heart of the city, the Royal Court Function Hall is a hot and happening place these days, as it plays host to this exhibition brought to the city by Purbashree Emporium.

The myriad facets and moods of the country are captured here under the precincts of one roof, as the exhibition - organised by the North-Eastern Handicrafts & Handlooms Development Corporation Ltd, is witnessing brisk sales.

Sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, the Crafts Festival is committed to the cause of greater development and upliftment of craftsmen all over the country. The exhibition features textiles, hand-woven tapestries, rugs, quilts, bed sheets, bedspreads, paintings, wooden handicrafts and bronze artefacts, which are available to suit every customer's purse strings.

The Banarasi silks, Kashmiri embroidered salwar kameez suits, Gujarati mirror work and hand-embroidered dress materials, Mangalagiri textiles, Pochampally and Orissa saris and not to forget the Madurai chungadis — are the stalls where the women can be seen busily buying and bargaining. The Tussar silk cushion-covers with their elaborate designs have been an instant takeaway. The famedTussar Kantha saris and dupattas to match the kurtis from Tripura are available in vibrant colours and exquisite designs.

GET FLOORED: Rugs, quilts and carpets ensure luxury at your feet.

For all those leather freaks, there are a range of leather items varying from handbags, jackets, belts, purses, wallets, mobile casings and more, in the Kashmir and Rajasthan stalls and from Shantiniketan, Kolkata.

If you are looking out for things to decorate and adorn your showcases, you have a wide range to choose from. There are the bamboo and cane items from Assam and Tripura, the terracotta figurines and woodcarvings from Gujarat, and the bronze statues from Jodhpur.

The handicrafts stall from U.P. has been a crowd puller due to its lampshades, wall hangings, and other decorative and ornate pieces Figures of Lord Shiva, Nataraja, Ganesha and other deities in all sizes, carved in semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli, topaz, sapphire, emerald, pink jade, crystal, marble and many others, have been a huge hit with the crowd. So are the ornaments in silver, strings of semi-precious beads, temple jewellery and Rajasthani bangles.

Bamboo flutes from Assam are sure to delight music lovers. For the furniture buffs, there is plenty to opt from the various designs in cane and wood. Wooden racks, bookshelves, pen stands, tablemats, letter holders and decorative wall hangings come for reasonable prices. Those with an artistic bent have the Madhubani paintings, Hyderabad artisans' thread work on paper, and paintings on wood and much more to select from. Jute products like purses, handbags, multipurpose pouches and even designer footwear also feature in the fair.

The exhibition is open till August 31.


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