Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Handicrafts, handloom textiles and readymade dresses and jewellery from different States are on show at the All India Crafts Expo which began at the VJT Hall here on December 20.

Rosewood sculptures, household items inlaid with wood and toys of lacquered wood vie for attention, along with furniture and decorative items made of kora grass, bamboo and cane. Handicrafts carved out of coconut shell, paintings, scented oils, intricate carvings in brass, bronze, alloy and stone and jewellery made out of terracotta, leather and stone are other attractions. Handloom saris, bed sheets, pillow covers, dress materials, Kashmiri artefacts and lace embroidery are also on display.

The Kerala Artisans’ Development Corporation is organising the event with the support of the State and Central governments. Organiser, KSDCO, B. Chandrakumar said the event was a platform for craftsmen to market their products. “It is intended to enable them to reach out to consumers without the intervention of middlemen. Thereby we ensure that the artisans get proper remuneration while the consumers get the products at affordable prices,” he said.

The Christmas festival and the holidays have resulted in a good turnout at the venue.

The expo concludes on January 6.