P. Sujatha Varma

Expo awaits people's response

  • Patachitra art on a base made by joining palm leaves and adorned with a cane frame is eye-catching
  • The delightful folk designs form an important part of a girl's trousseau in Orissa.

    VIJAYAWADA: The shimmer of the white objects adorning the left corner instantly distracts your attention as you step inside the hall. "Locally known as `tarakashi', the silver filigree of Cuttack is popular for its intricate workmanship," explains Ratikanta Biswal, creator of the wonderful pieces, as you struggle to take your eyes off the mesmerising range of curios. "They are made of silver drawn into threads as fine as spider's web. Filigree jewellery and decorative art work of Orissa is internationally known for their superb finish, fine foils and texture-snow glaze besides elegant craftsmanship," he explains. Biswal is among the nearly two-dozen craftsmen of Pruthibi Handicrafts Cooperative Society at Bhubaneswar in Orissa, who are in the city to display their talent and attract buyers for their pieces of art.

    "This is our second visit to the city, the first being last year's exhibition at Madhu Kala Mandapam in Mogulrajpuram. Buoyed by the good response, we came again but, we are yet to see people's response," says a not-so-happy Haraprasad Mishra, president of the society. "It is probably because we are in one corner of the city and are unable to attract the buyers' attention," he hastens to add, referring to the venue - Saibaba Kalyana Mandapam, opposite Autonagar bus terminal. A majority of the craftsmen are from different parts of Orissa.

    Applique work

    It is common knowledge appliqué work is a technique by which a decorative effect is obtained by superimposing patches of coloured fabrics on a basic fabric. But only a closer view can establish how distinct it is from what is known as patchwork. Some of the special motifs with exclusive embroidery and mirror work caught the fancy of Satyavani, a lecturer in a local college. Patachitra art on a base made by joining palm leaves and adorned with a cane frame is eye-catching. Ikat, that gloriously woven, blurry edged design in gorgeous yarns of silk and cotton has become synonymous with Orissa. The double-ikat designs from Sambalpur are great buys.

    K. Pratyusha and G. Srivani, B.Tech students from V. R. Siddhartha Engineering College, strayed into the venue and were mesmerised by the unique collection. "I saw the banner and walked in for some window-shopping. But the stuff here is worth buying," says Pratyusha.

    Tie and dye

    Handloom fabrics of Sambalpur are available in patterns that are bold and unusual, vibrant yet subtle blends of colours, unique tie and dye effects and a luxuriant texture characterising them. In the centre of the hall are lacquer toys and boxes. The delightful folk designs form an important part of a girl's trousseau in Orissa. Other attractions in this craft are bangles and necklaces, all of them distinctive and in great demand.