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Staggering collection of jute products on display

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Pineapple bag is the main attraction at the exhibition

Bags and pouches: The exhibition of jute products, which is on in Mangalore, concludes on Sunday.
Bags and pouches: The exhibition of jute products, which is on in Mangalore, concludes on Sunday.

The variety of articles made from jute is staggering at the fair organised by the National Jute Board under the Union Ministry of Textiles on the premises of Hotel Woodlands here. The fair will end on Sunday.

Jadupati Das, 62, from Kolkata and his workers make what they call a “pineapple bag” by weaving beads into jute thread in a pattern that allows the one-and-a-half-foot bag to expand as it is filled with objects. When empty, the sand coloured bag with red beads is about seven inches wide.

Mr. Das said that all bags in his stall cost Rs. 150, even though they had different designs and different sizes. He explained that bags differed in size because of the size of the knots used, but each of the bags had the same number of knots. Such curiosities apart, the fair that opened on Wednesday was a haven for those who prefer to use articles of everyday use available at affordable prices and which were yet a delight for the eyes.

A host of objects made out of bright earthy colours and decorated with traditional motifs greet a visitor when she or he walks into the exhibition room at Hotel Woodlands.

The articles for sale include bags and wallets, files, potholders, dining table mats, carpets, mobile covers, handicrafts, wall hangings, rope curtains, footwear, and jewellery, which are displayed in about a dozen stalls.

One of the stalls has a foldable cloth bag disguised as a small purse with a zipper. The large bag can be used when needed and zip it up when not required.

S. Sharkar from Kolkata, who makes jute jewellery, said he had come from Hyderabad at the invitation of the organisers but had very little stock. He said that otherwise he would have a set of wedding jewellery estimated at Rs. 4,000 for a bride, including a long elaborate necklace, earrings, tika, and decoration for the hair.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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