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Rosewood inlay, gemstones... and coarse paper

A wedding procession displayed at the Rajasthan arts and handicrafts exhibition-cum-sale inaugurated at Sankara Hall in Chennai.

A wedding procession displayed at the Rajasthan arts and handicrafts exhibition-cum-sale inaugurated at Sankara Hall in Chennai.  

IF YOU have set up a home and want to dress it up without making a hole in your pocket then here is an option.

Colours of India, gold and other vibrant hues, rosewood inlay work, gemstone artwork and coarse handmade paper are some of the items on sale at the latest edition of the Rajasthan exhibition.

The usual attractions such as cotton long skirts, embroidered tops, Sambalpur saris and silk embroidered cushion covers are on sale. Handcrafted lampshades and shell-embellished doorway decorators from Rajasthan may be good presents at a housewarming ceremony.

The moulded `wedding band' will make a good buy for Navaratri kolu. The price ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,600 for a set of six pieces.

The exhibition, inaugurated on Thursday at Sankara Hall on TTK Road, also has door and window curtains, hand embroidered handbags and black metal and stone decorations for home and office. Radium-coated idols that glow green in the dark are an ideal showpiece and are priced at Rs. 80 to Rs. 800. Embroidered salwar suits from Kashmir and Orissa ikat sets are priced at Rs. 450 to Rs. 600.

A 12-set wedding trousseau holder, designed by women near Nagpur is priced at Rs. 1,000. A 11-set holder costs Rs. 750. Bangle holders, jewellery and cosmetic hangers are priced around Rs.170.

It is always sensible to invest in mouth fresheners. A variety of flavoured saunf (fennel seeds), fruity breath-fresheners and indigenous Indian spices like asafoetida and amchur come at Rs. 40 for a 100 gm packet. Shirt and trouser material, featuring latest designs from well-known mills are also on sale.

For women, the choice ranges from bead, silver and enamel jewellery to glasswork and Rajasthani bangles to complement ethnic ensemble.

The exhibition is on till April 28 and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

By R. Sujatha

Photo: R. Ragu

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