Crafts on display include cane furniture, cane and bamboo baskets and cane woven items
The exhibition is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. till October 26
Tradition ghagra choli available for Rs. 150
VIJAYAWADA: The jute tablemats and doormats have a distinct charm. As you touch them and feel the hard surface, Loknath Sarkar of Assam explains: “We make these mats at home and sell them in exhibitions. They last longer and are washable,” he says, expecting to sell a piece or two.
Sitting beside him is Simal Biswas of Tripura, trying to woo customers for his attractive bamboo paintings perched on wooden frames. The two are among the 60-odd craftsmen from the north-eastern States who are in the city to showcase their traditional and innovative works of art at a crafts festival kicked off on Tuesday at Madhu Kala Mandapam.
Organised by Purbashree Emporium of the North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Limited, Shillong, and sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) of the Government of India, the exhibition is all about providing a peek to the city-dwellers into an exclusive range of handicrafts and handloom products mainly from north-eastern States and a few other States as well.
The exhibition is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. till October 26.
The crafts on display include cane furniture, cane and bamboo baskets, cane woven items, hand printed woven textiles, hand-woven silk and cotton saris, embroidered stuff, wood carving, leather bags, terracotta, dry flowers, Kouna cushion and mattress and jute items.
Clink of bangles
Even as your roving eye scrutinises the surroundings, the clink of a dazzling row of bangles grabs your attention and a smiling Mohammed Saleem of the Pink City in Rajasthan invites you to his stall to pick your choice.
The glitter of the machine-cut stones embedded in brass and metal bangles of different shapes and in varied patterns are a big bait for bangle-lovers.
Sitting opposite the boy is Deepti of Nagpur with an array of copper and brass-based jewellery.
Sunil Tiwari of Gujarat lets the shimmer of his dazzling sets of ghagra-cholis do the talking.
Offering a pair of traditional ghagra-choli for as low a price as Rs. 150, he insists the colour will not fade and warns you against use of brush while washing.
Hand-carved brass items from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, the famous garden fresh Assam tea leaves, sesame wood items, dress material and saris in pure cotton, bed sheets, bed-covers, leather and jute bags, terracotta and other knick-knacks dominate the 55 stalls put up at the venue.
“We bring rare products every two years and so people here don’t let us down,” says Vijay Kumar Dey, the assistant manager of the organisation.