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‘Haridasulu’ entertaining visitors at the Lepakshi Crafts Bazaar in Guntur on Wednesday.
‘Haridasulu’ entertaining visitors at the Lepakshi Crafts Bazaar in Guntur on Wednesday.

Special Correspondent

Pickles from Rajasthan and pottery from West Bengal available

Panchaloha jewellery, dress material and sarees from State on show

GUNTUR: A variety of exquisite hand-woven cotton apparel is on display, to be picked up by those who love the diversity of natural colours, from all corners of India at the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation-sponsored Lepakshi Crafts Bazaar 2009 exhibition at Gunta Grounds in Guntur.

The exhibition, which has been drawing large crowds since Thursday last, has a number of other hand-made articles at the handicrafts expo with nearly 200 stalls offering everything on earth right from eatables like pickles from Rajasthan to pottery from West Bengal and Madanapalle terracota.

Women looking for sarees or dress material would be further interested display of the diversity of colours, designs, mixture of material meeting every budget right from Rs.200 to Rs.5,000 for a silk saree.

Lepakshi Crafts Bazaar, coming to the city for the second consecutive year at Gunta Grounds, would continue till December 20. If Sanganeni prints on silk and cotton dress material and sarees with vegetable dyes made of pomegranate, turmeric and others with mud blocks, makes women want to possess one, the Shantiniketan Batik prints on hand-women silk from West Bengal, attract them.

The corporation, with a view to promote the artisans had conducted 100 exhibitions last year and garnered Rs.15 crores and it was expecting make a business of Rs.1 crore from the current exhibition. Corporation had taken up introduction of new designs in toy-making at Kondapalli by engaging the services of designers from National Institute of Fashion Technology, which would provide the buyers new designs and those were on display in large numbers. Some from the Etikoppaka also provide the toy-lovers a choice to add to collection for the `Bommalakoluvu’ in the coming Sankranti season.

Marble powder used to carve out some attractive wall hangings on rose wood cannot be missed by the visitors and these materials used with radium-make toys glow even in darkness and all these brought from West Bengal has good demand.

Panchaloha Jewellery, dress material and sarees from various places in Andhra Pradesh were available at the exhibition in addition to terracotta from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, patachitra paintings from Orissa, Bhagalpur silk from Bihar, Madurai Cotton Sarees and Tanjore Paintings from Tamil Nadu, Kashmir silk sarees, Rajasthan wood carvings, ornamental terracotta exhibits were available.


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