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IMPRESSIVE:Customers taking a look at the products on display at the Craft Bazaar in Madurai on Friday.
IMPRESSIVE:Customers taking a look at the products on display at the Craft Bazaar in Madurai on Friday.

R. Sairam

Stone artefacts, toys, paintings, handloom adorn the racks of 162 stalls

MADURAI: Over 25,000 people have visited the Craft Bazaar being organised here at the Gandhi Memorial Museum Grounds by the Small Industries Product Promotion Organisation (SIPPO).

The expo, which features a wide range of products from over a dozen States, began on February 27 and concludes on Monday (March 8).

The expo is witnessing roaring sales, say organisers, adding that the response from the public to the show has been overwhelming.

The expo is being sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Union Ministry of Textiles.

The infrastructure and the stalls are provided free of cost to the Government-certified artisans.

Many Poompuhar-trained craftsmen have also exhibited their products such as wall paintings and terracotta products.

Some of the products witnessing brisk sales in this 162-stall expo include stone artefacts from Mahabalipuram, wooden toys from Puducherry that has greatly attracted school children and Hyderabadi and sungudi saris besides leather products from Vellore. Patch works and garments from Gujarat seem to have captured the attention of college girls in the city.

Around 10 stalls are filled with Jute products from West Bengal and other places. Bed sheets and blankets from New Delhi and wooden handicraft products from Jammu and Kashmir besides glass toys and other articles from Namakkal are also selling well. The expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

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