Handicrafts Exhibition sponsored by Union Ministry of Textiles
PUDUCHERRY: Hand-embroidered saris are priced at Rs.300 upwards — this is but one of the special features of the Handicrafts Exhibition, on at Singapore Thirumana Nilayam on M.G. Road. Sponsored by the Union Ministry of Textiles and organised by the Integrated Women Development Institute, the exhibition features several traditional handicraft items.
The artisans from Gummidipoondi have stocked in their stall a whole range of embroidered items, from simple thread embroidery cotton saris and heavily embroidered and sequined saris costing up to Rs.10,000 to small, flashy mobile pouches, tablecloths, coasters and purses.
The artisans have also displayed attractive lampshades, bags, letter-holders, boxes and hats made of ‘korai’ mats.
Shells from Cuddalore’s beaches have been fashioned into exotic earrings, necklaces and other accessories. Key chains, candle stands and shell mirror frames are among the most striking exhibits.
Representatives of gypsy welfare societies in Chennai have displayed bead jewellery that would excite every fashionist. From jade, garnet and tiger eye stones to ‘rudraksh’ and coloured plastic beads, the options are endless.
Wooden carvings of gods and goddesses in different sizes are part of another attractive section at the exhibition.
Batik prints, common in Puducherry except at national-level fairs, are seen on pillow covers, bed sheets and table cloths in myriad colours. Unique Batik paintings and oil paintings on cloth are also on display.
The contribution of Puducherry artisans to the exhibition includes terracotta lamps in different designs, wooden wall hangings, stuffed dolls, and toys, fans, boxes, mats and hats made of palm leaves.
Open till December 22
The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. till December 22.