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choices galore:Products on display at craft bazaar at IMA Hall in Tiruchi on Wednesday.—Photo: A.Muralitharan
choices galore:Products on display at craft bazaar at IMA Hall in Tiruchi on Wednesday.—Photo: A.Muralitharan

Choose from a range of clothes, jewellery, pure leather and jute bags, bedspreads, paintings, idols, lamps, utility containers, and a potpourri of home décor items at the craft bazaar at IMA hall in the city. The exhibition inaugurated by V.P Thandapani, Tiruchirapalli City Corporation Commissioner, on Wednesday, will be on till December 15. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all days, according to V. Ganesan, manager, Poompuhar. The price of the items ranges from Rs. 30 to Rs. 3 lakh.

Valued at Rs. 3 lakh, a bronze statue from Arthaneereswara is the highest-priced item. The highlights include a Thanjavur art plate with artworks of Lord Ganesa, depicted to be dancing, and framed woodwork in different colours made by carving on naturally-coloured wood. The clothing section contains handloom and cotton wear such as saris, chudidhars, skirts, tops, ghagra cholis for children, bedspreads, wall hanging clothes, tablecloth, and curtains. Accessories available include handbags made of pure leather starting at Rs. 500. Jute bags for carrying water bottles and shopping are available in various shapes and sizes.

Jewellery on display are one-gram gold items, earrings, chains and bangles, crystal and pearl sets, gemstone chains made of jade, amethyst, ruby, coral and garnet. Paintings include Thanjavur paintings, Ravi Verma replicas, velvet paintings, and traditional Indian miniature paintings on silk and palm leaves, and some with pure gold work. Keeping in mind the festive season, Christmas sets (kudils) displaying the nativity scene are available in various sizes with prices between Rs. 450 and Rs. 1,500.

Miscellaneous items such as key chains, relief panels, fruit bowl with real-looking fruits made of wood, conch-shaped agarbathi holders, rudrakshas, utility boxes, agarbathis, and face packs made of pure sandalwood, sourced from Mysore are also available. Poompuhar expects a sales of Rs. 10 lakh from the exhibition.

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