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The Utkal Hasta Silpa Society, in its attempt to promote traditional arts and crafts, organises an Orissa Art and Crafts Fair at Universal Gallery, 30, First Cross Street, Kasturba Nagar, Adyar. The exhibition opens today and will go on till March 12.

The saris and textiles of Orissa are marked by bold and unusual patterns. The ikkat saris have won acclaim from designers across the world. As for the fabric, they are available in tussar, silk, silk cotton and cotton.

While the palm leaf engravings serve as book marks and greeting cards, the patta chitras, depicting stories from the scriptures, make lovely wall hangings.

The pipli work — the artisans stitch motifs of elephants, peacocks and flowers on cloth and make colourful patterns with embroidery work — on lampshades, bags and letter holders is brilliant.

Besides these, there are wood carvings from Saharanpur, gemstone painting, silk painting, meenakari jewellery, precious and semi-precious stone jewellery, brass work, bangles and terracotta artefacts.

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