TIRUCHI: Colourful handlooms, eye-catching handicrafts and gift articles of Gujarat and other states are on display at a fortnight long exhibition organised by the Gujarat Emporium which is now in progress at the IMA hall on Salai Road.

The exhibition, organised under the development programme of Union Government, is sponsored by the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, New Delhi. The expo provided a platform to the traditional craftsmen to market the products at reasonable price by avoiding middlemen. Products ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 10,000 are on display to suit every pocket.

The expo showcases colourful dresses, beautiful cloth and leather bags, jewellery, purses, gloves, puppets made of cloth and wood, Rajasthan jewellery made of precious and semi-precious stones, and rare idol collection of gods and goddesses.

Another speciality of this exhibition is the display of saris, churidars, dress materials, bedsheets, etc., from Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Carpets, doormats, different types of mats of lacework, and saris with phulkari design work are also available. The hand-printed textiles included Gujarati traditional block, batik, Kutch, vegetable, bandhani, printed and brush work on cotton and silk sarees, ghaghra choli, tie and dye salwar sets, shawls, chikan-worked kurthas, churidars, Lucknow sarees, chaniya choli of Jaipur for kids, cushion covers, wall hangings, pictures and sculptures made of woods, Channapatna toys, terracotta products, white metal ornaments, bangles made of glittering Australian diamonds and covering ornaments made of emerald and Italian coral are the cynosure of all eyes.

The highlight of the exhibition is the presence of national award-winners with their products.

A rebate of 20 per cent on handlooms and 10 per cent on handicrafts is offered during the expo days, according to K. Arunachalam, Manager, Gujarat Emporium.

Ravi Murugiah, Chairman, Vasan Estates, inaugurated the exhibition which will be continued till March 14.