Attractive assortment

HANDICRAFTS HAVE an everlasting appeal, especially when they reflect certain cultural idioms.

An exhibition-cum-sale is on at Mrignayanee, part of the Madhya Pradesh Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation, where one can enjoy a splendid range of artefacts and saris.

Each of the stunning saris makes a sartorial statement. If block printed saris on Maheshwaris compel attention, so do the vegetable dyed and batik ones in rich hues of the earth. For that festive look, one can choose Chanderis or tussars. The prices range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 3,000. Also available are fabrics in block prints and batik.

Attractive assortment

The handicrafts range comprises unusual leather toys, including animals, from Indore, colourful bead worked bags, evening purses and jewellery from Bhopal and lacquer and papier mache bric-a-brac.

For those who love metal works, there are pretty bell metal statues of gods and goddesses from Tikumgarh and tribal figurines and knick-knacks in iron.

To enliven interiors, be it offices or homes, there is a bright range of bedspreads again in batik and block prints, carpets in wool and handloom floor mats. Eco friendly jute bags add to the list to items.

An interesting exhibit is beeja glass, a medicinal wood that is believed to help diabetics.

For those who are keen to learn more about these crafts, weavers and artisans will be present at the venue, selling their wares.

The Mrignayanee sale is on at Sri Sankara Hall, TTK Road, Alwarpet, till August 17.