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Exquisite handicrafts on display

LITTLE WONDERS: Artificial bonsai plants with birds on display at the handicrafts exhibition in Guntur on Saturday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar  

Staff Reporter

Exhibition aimed at bringing artisans under one roof

Orissa handicraft items a big drawExhibition concludes on Feb. 23

GUNTUR: Myriad hued, intricately designed Ghagra Choli to zari sarees of Tamil Nadu and to the traditional brassware, there is an array of dress material, household articles and decorative items to choose from at the ongoing handicrafts exhibition-cum-sale at Bommidala Purnaiah, Akkamma Kalyana Mandapam.

Over 50 artisans all over the country have been displaying their products from Wednesday at the exhibition being organised by Kakatiya Artisans Welfare Association with the support from the Ministry of Textiles.

The exhibition was aimed at bringing all talented artisans under one roof and providing them direct exposure to consumer market, association secretary Mohd Shareefuddin said.

For the connoisseurs of the traditional dress material, there was plenty to choose from.

The Rajastani Ghagra Cholis come with both hand-block prints and mural finishing and are priced between Rs.120 and Rs. 600.

Applique works

Among decorative items, the exquisitely designed appliqué works from Pippili in Orissa were attracting the visitors. The hand-made designs on velvet or cotton cloth were intertwined with mirrors works. The traditional Orissa handicraft items ranged anywhere between Rs.80 and Rs. 500. There was also a wide variety of curtains, shopping bags, vanity bags and leather boxes to choose from.

If the elegant looking Pochampalli sarees draw the attention of women, the classic Ponduru silk, khadi woo the men folk. Unique grass-made upholstery and tablemats made by artisans from Medhnipur in West Bengal provides an attractive buying option. Made from tall grass grown in parts of Medhnipur, strong cotton threads bonded the straws and that being washable was the most tempting feature for a buyer.

Lace works of Narsapur artisans from West Godavari, pieces of Sharanpur wood works, carpets and brassware were some of the options available. Displayed at the centre of the large hall, Bonsai-like decorative pieces were the centre of attraction. The exhibition would continue till February 23, Mr. Shareefuddin.

The Hyderabad-based association has in its fold over 350 members across the State.

``We recently introduced insurance facility for all our members and are planning to introduce many innovative welfare schemes,'' he added.