It promises a good shopping experience for buyers
GUNTUR: AP Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. opened its renovated Lepakshi showroom at Taluka Centre, one of the key business destinations of Guntur city on Saturday.
Think of any art form from the State or anywhere in the country it is available at the swanky showroom. Prominent traditional handicrafts of the State such as softwood toys of Kondapalli, Etikoppaka and Nirmal, stone carvings of Durgi, leather puppetry, Kalamkari block prints and hand paintings of Pedana and Srikalahasti, have been displayed in the easy for window-shopping experience shelves. Minister for Heavy Industries Kanna Lakshmi Narayana formally inaugurated the store.
Some of the artefacts in the ground and first floor of the 3,000-sq.ft. showroom include brass sheet metalware from Pembarthi, wood carvings from Chittoor district, West Godavari Narsapur laces, Hyderabad Pearls and imitation jewellery, Cherial and Nirmal paintings, Bidri metalware, Banjara hand embroidery and Silver philigree from Karimnagar are some be mentioned.
Crafts from other State crafts like rosewood, marble, whitewood, brass art ware, etc., are on display. Handloom sarees from Venkatagiri, Narayanpet, Gadwal and Pochampally, have been displayed on the first floor along with jewellery, a must visit section for women. A number of handbags and leather wallets are also available.
Built at a cost of Rs.75 lakh, it has been tastefully designed to provide air-conditioned premises promising a good shopping experience for buyers. Showroom was established in 1985, one of the 18 outlets it has in India. They all put together did an annual business of Rs.60 crore last fiscal, but this store alone expects to do Rs.3 crore of business in the current financial year.
The district Collector had allocated 248 square yards two years ago. The Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, New Delhi sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. 25 lakh under Market Development Scheme, showroom manager G. Subba Rao told reporters.
The balance funds were met from internal resources of the corporation.