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Using decorative items to do up your home is a cheaper option than opting for colourful wallpapers, RASHI TIWARY goes into the details

This season, have vibrant appliqué and Banjara work as allies in home decor. Paint the walls a light pastel shade and splash colour here and there through cushions and wall-hangings while keeping the décor minimal yet bright, advice interior designers.

Applique work, which essentially refers to stitching a fabric or any other material on to another piece of cloth to create different designs is particularly suited for display on wall-hangings and bags.

Similarly, Banjara craft is equally vibrant and consists of ornate embroidery and mirror work.

At home, a large wall-hanging with appliqué or Banjara craft spread across the wall can completely change the look of the room. Moreover, using such decorative items to do up your home is also a cheaper option than opting for colourful wallpapers.

It is no wonder that appliqué and Banjara craft stalls at Shilparamam make brisk business.

Kulamani Sahoo from Jagnnathpuri in Orissa has been coming to Hyderabad since the past 15 years to sell her beautifully handcrafted appliqué work. The wall hangings are priced between Rs.150 and Rs.2,500 while lamp shades can cost anything between Rs.120 and Rs.1,200. Each wall hanging, she says, takes at least a month to finish.

“We also take orders for bed spreads, pillow covers, big umbrellas and small umbrellas,” she says. Besides, Kulamani also sells miniature elephants models made of coir, priced between Rs.50 and Rs.200 which can be used as a merry showpiece in the drawing room.

At another stall, Suneeta is busy catering to customers, proudly displaying her Banjara handiwork. She is from Mahabubnagar and sells an assortment of bags, pouches and wall hangings apart from wall hangings that cost around Rs.850.

“I am not afraid of competition from other handcrafted products. Banjara craft has its own standing and those who really appreciate it make it a point to buy it,” she says. So get about buying these little knick-knacks for your home and give it the perfect summer makeover.


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