Vibrant craft of Gujarat

ALL THE riotous colours of Gujarat and its vibrant craft culture mingle in a heady melange at Gurjari's exhibition currently on at Citi Centre, TTK Road, Chennai-18.

It is rich harmonious craft music all the way, whether reflected in intricately carved white metal and copper artefacts, the brilliantly woven woollen dhurries of Kutch or in the colourful mirror-encrusted embroidery which embellishes wall hanging and cushion cover, office folder and toran, bedspread and pret a porter fashion garments.

Certain unusual craft items catch the eye at the Gurjari exhibition. Among them are hand block printed wooden Minakari tables ad stools from Rajkot in earth colours, wooden trays with plastic inlay work in very attractive and contemporary designs and some unusual artefacts and utility items crafted out of a combination of white metal and copper.

A wealth of embroidered cushion covers, bedspreads, wall hangings and torans make a special craft statement, filled with the magical colours of Gujarat's many embroidery forms. Among the rare exhibits are pieces of old tribal Kutch embroidery converted into place mats.

Block prints, tie and dye textiles and saris are other compelling attractions at `Gurjari'. Block printed bedspreads in vivid colours with cushions to match make attractive `ethnic' pieces.

Also available is a range of block printed salwar kurta sets embellished with embroidery and mirror work, as also `angrakhas' designed by NIFT students.

So whether it is a Sankhed `baithak' set one covets or beautifully crafted `jhoola' chains or even a charming bird mobile, the place to visit is Gurjari's exhibition cum sale of Handicrafts and textiles from Gujarat. The sale will conclude on July 23.