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of Exquisites: A craftsman displays an exhibit to the visitors at the mela in Puducherry.
of Exquisites: A craftsman displays an exhibit to the visitors at the mela in Puducherry.

Staff Reporter

It is on at Rosema Thirumana Nilayam till March 1

PUDUCHERRY: Exquisitely-designed wall decors, silver jewellery, leather bags, home decors, textiles and a wide range of finely crafted creations adorn the stalls at the Crafts Mela-2009, an exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts which will be on till March 1.

Organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Industrial Co-operative Marketing Federation Limited – SIRPI, Department of Industries and Commerce of Government of Tamil Nadu, the exhibition has a wide range of collections from the works of craftsmen from across the country.

“Such exhibitions are basically organised for marketing the works of craftsmen,” R. Chandrasekaran, Manager of SIRPI said.

Among the new arrivals was a uniquely-designed wall piece from Kashmir. “The wall piece comprises silk thread work and semi-precious stones on a velvet material. The cost of the piece is Rs.30,000 and it takes 6 months to come up with such a creation as it involves hand work,” Wasim, a craftsperson from Kashmir said.

Attractive silver jewellery including rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklace at a price ranging from Rs.250 to Rs.3,000 were available at the mela.

A meditation bowl from Tibet was another new arrival at the mela, costing Rs.2,500 to Rs. 12,500, Mr. Chandrasekaran noted.

Rosewood panels, leather bags, bed cover sets, stone carvings, lamp shades, five metal jewellery, different textile products, perfumes and agarbathis also feature at the handicrafts exhibition. “We also have paintings from Rajasthan and Tanjore. This includes Rajasthan velvet paintings, deco painting, cotton painting and wooden painting. One of the special features in our Tanjore paintings is that paintings of gods and goddesses are with a background of landscapes. These are available from Rs.600 to Rs.60,000,” he said.

The colourful and creative papier-mâché works come as an added attraction. Different sizes of boxes, photo frames, tea coasters and many more in papier-mâché have come in from Kashmir.

The exhibition is on at Rosema Thirumana Nilayam, No. 215, Lal Bahadur Sastri Street from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. till March 1.


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