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Riot of colours At Orissa Crafts Fair Photo : Thulasi Kakkat

Riot of colours At Orissa Crafts Fair Photo : Thulasi Kakkat   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

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For the best in crafts and handloom at the ongoing Orissa Crafts Fair at VJT Hall

Be it intricate hand-woven Ikat designs on handloom saris or Patachitra cloth paintings, the Orissa Crafts Fair at VJT Hall is back with its goody bag of handloom and crafts.

Handicrafts from Orissa are special as it is still crafted by hand. Palm leaf paintings are a case in point. Intricate designs are engraved on dried palm leaves using an iron pen to create themes based on Hindu mythology. While one may have to frame these paintings to preserve them, those who want them readily framed can take a look at the artists from Orissa’s new take on their traditional depiction of tales from yore. A framed abstract-looking painting of Krishna playing the flute will definitely be a subject of discussion for visitors to your home. Prices for these framed works of art start from Rs. 1,400.

Other attractions from Orissa include Patachitra, paintings that have stories on cloth, appliqué art, a temple art form by artisans of Pipli that takes shape as birds, animals, flowers and other motifs on wall hangings, letter holders and lamp shades, and ethnic brass jewellery from Dhenkankal. Patachitra paintings on tussar silk are something new.

And who can forget Orissa’s saris? Saris in the famous Ikat weave, an intricate process in which warp and weft threads are first tied and then dyed to produce the designed pattern on the loom while weaving, and Bomkai weave are available at the fair. Each of these saris is a labour of love as it takes more than a month for the weavers to complete just one.

Bright colours seem to be ‘in’ for saris as purples, emerald greens, maroons and orange blend in with sombre colours such as grey, black and browns. Animal motifs (lion, deer, elephant) seem to be popular too. Ikat blouse pieces and dress materials are also sold at the stall.

Latest from the Orissa sari market is hand-painted silk saris with tribal motifs and motifs from Hindu mythology. One that depicts the Rasaleela is priced at Rs. 15,000.

Apart from wares from Orissa, the Orissa Crafts Fair has handicrafts and handloom from other states too. There are some beautiful pieces of jewellery, especially Meenakari worked ones from Jaipur.

Stalls selling kurtis, kurtas, children’s wear, towels, bedspreads, curios in wood…are also there at the fair.

Orissa Crafts Fair, organised by Arts and Crafts Exposition, an NGO working for the craft heritage of Orissa, is on until July 29. The timings are from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

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