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Array from Andhra

There's a wide choice of artefacts at the Andhra Pradesh Crafts Bazaar, which is on till January 25

THE ANDHRA Pradesh Crafts Bazaar, organised by the artisans' welfare society Kalasrusti, is back at the C.P. Arts Centre. After the success of their 10-day sale in October, the organisation that helps artisans with marketing and design, has decided to bring back their exhibition of handlooms and handicrafts.

There are fabrics from all over the country — Mangalagiri saris and dress material with their distinctive zari borders, Banjara embroidery worked items, Kashmiri dress material, Punjab phulkari embroidered material that costs between Rs.300 and Rs.500, Hyderabad handloom saris (priced between Rs.250 and Rs.550), all kinds of cotton saris, Gujarati and Lucknowi dress material and Venkatagiri saris that range from Rs.300 to Rs.2,500.

The delicately crocheted lace doilies, chairbacks and tablecloths from Narsapur in Andhra would add elegance to any living room. A stall full of wood items and furniture from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh sells everything from wooden spoons and bookstands to stools, trays and massage and pedicure aids.

Glazed and ceramic pottery in cheery colours and funky patterns brighten up one corner of the centre.

Strings of coloured beads and semi-precious stones at Rs. 50 each come in unusual colours. Stalls selling junk jewellery and wooden beads compete with Hyderabad's cultured pearl and Rajasthan's elaborately lacquered bangles. There are various designs in glass, metal and plastic.

Pendants, pearl and gold covered necklaces are also on display. There is a stall selling "good luck items" — feng shui pendants and coins, little statutes of Buddha, crystals and more. Gemstones, snuffboxes, ashtrays and gemstone paintings from Rajasthan are also on show.

Pochampalli bed sheets, cushion covers, bags and dupattas from Nalgonda district in Andhra, printed and woven dhurries from Warangal, block-printed bed sheets from Jaipur, brass artefacts, oxidised white metal figurines and decorative terracotta items, complete the wares on show.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at C.P. Art Centre, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet till January 25.


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