VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. has set itself an ambitious target of achieving Rs.60-crore business during the next fiscal. Sharing details at a press conference after inaugurating the Lepakshi craft exhibition at Viswapriya Function Hall on Friday, the Lepakshi Emporium manager Jaganmohan Rao, said that the corporation had achieved a turnover of Rs.50 crores in 2009-10. Deputy Mayor K. Dorabbayee who inaugurated the exhibition said that the corporation would lend support to the artisans of the region to preserve the age-old crafts of AP.
More than 80 artisans from AP and other parts of the country have displayed their creations at the exhibition. The exhibition has an impressive range of handlooms. Kalamkari with its lucid and colourful depiction of the epics and landscapes is available in different varieties here. Materials in a range of soothing colours in soft cottons are available here. For the ensemble, check out the sarees and dress materials from Bengal, Mangalagiri, Banaras silk, Chanderi and Maheswari sarees and Pochampalli ranging from Rs.250 onwards and a blinding array of tops, skirts, chaniya cholis, bedsheets, and cushion covers. In the handicrafts section, beautiful rosewood carvings from Mysore have been kept on display. Pure sandalwood paste and powder are also available. Apart from this, the exhibition has stalls of Kondapally and Etikoppaka toys, leather puppets, Moradabad brass items, bell metal items, bead jewellery, jute bags, ceramic paintings and terracotta magic lamps.
The exhibition will be on till March 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.