The `All-India Crafts Bazaar 2006, ' is for artefact lovers
From jute items to Pashmina shawls, one of the many exhibitions for the year got off to a colourful start with the `All-India Crafts Bazaar 2006' at Suryakanti auditorium on the premises of the Kanakakunnu Palace. Exhibits from all over India have been showcased to expose facets of tradition and culture indigenous to the participating States. Apart from the usual assortment of cane, bamboo and jute items from Assam and West Bengal, the fair also has some beautiful works of blue pottery from Rajasthan. The artisans of Kashmir have the coveted Pashmina shawls and silk carpets on display along with charming articles made of papier mache and carvings in walnut wood. Other interesting objects include antique woodcarvings and bronze lamps from Tamil Nadu and bed linen in vegetable prints from Gujarat.Wooden partition screens with intricate carvings, brass wares and cloth materials with zari work make for the range from Uttar Pradesh. More items on display are the elegant Pochampally saris, strings of Hyderabad pearls in varied sizes, semi-precious stones, chunky ethnic ornaments and decorative terracotta garden wares from Andhra Pradesh and rosewood inlaid furniture from Karnataka.
Works of art from Kerala comprise crafts in rosewood and screw pine. The growing fame of the Thrissur pooram has encouraged the organisers to include pooram umbrellas and elephant caparison sets as collector's items. Reprints of original Ravi Varma paintings, attractive murals and jewellery boxes make for other interesting buys. The exhibition, which will be on till February 15, seems promising for looking for rare objects d'art as well as pieces to do up your home. SAJINI V. SAHADEVAN