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Intricate: Brass items on sale at the Kerala Handicrafts Fair in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Intricate: Brass items on sale at the Kerala Handicrafts Fair in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Three exhibitions offering a variety of products are being held in the city

Bangalore: It is time to go exhibition hopping this month and there are at least three stops you can make.

To begin with is the 14-day Kerala Handicrafts Fair, which is being organised for the ninth consecutive time at Safina Plaza. Kairali, the outlet of the Kerala Handicrafts Development Corporation, has put together the exhibition involving artisans from various parts of the country. The exhibition was inaugurated on Monday.

The fair has an impressive range. The Jaipur hand block-printed clothes, Madhubani paintings and Patachitra art work stand out.

The Pochampalli and Banjara work on purses, bags and letter holders are colourful and eye-catching. The Mysore art of inlay work on marble is also available.

The items range from Rs. 20 to Rs. 15,000 with discounts on certain products.

There are also a variety of handicrafts such as bell metal lamps, urulis, aranmula metal mirrors from Kerala to authentic Pashmina and silk wool shawls and antique bedspreads from Kashmir.

Poompuhar

Tuesday saw the inauguration of an exhibition organised by Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation.

The exhibition will go on till November 22. Poompuhar helps poor craftsmen by marketing their products through its outlets and also by organising exhibition-cum-sales in various parts of the country.

The craftsmen have come from various parts of the country, such as Channapatna, Thanjavur, Jaipur, Kashmir, Varanasi, Hubli and Dharwad, to sell their products directly. Varieties of brass oil lamps, bronze icons, Tanjore paintings, Channapatna toys, stone jewellery, kurtas, paintings and white wood articles from Jaipur, Kashmiri shawls, Benaras zari works, wooden furniture and silk-cotton saris from Hubli and Dharwadare for sale.

The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Poompuhar showroom, 104/105, Brigade Road with a discount of 10 per cent on all items.

From Gujarat

Finally, there is the Gujarat Handloom Handicraft Emporium Exhibition in Five O Galleries, Vijayanagar, which brings a range of handicrafts to choose from. The exhibition has a collection of Batik salwar kameez as well as salwar kameez with appliqué and mirror work. From trendy kurtas in dark shades embellished with glasswork, to block-printed cotton saris, different kinds of material are on sale. There are also wall hangings from Saurashtra, heavy and angular Gujarati jewellery made in Deesa and Rajkot. The exhibition is on till November 27, from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. A discount of 10 per cent is available on handicrafts and 20 per cent on handlooms.

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