ANDHRA PRADESH

These `crafts' cast their spell

LOOK AT THAT: Girls checking out a piece of jewellery at the handicrafts and handloom exhibition at Madhu Kalamandapam in Vijayawada on Thursday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR.

LOOK AT THAT: Girls checking out a piece of jewellery at the handicrafts and handloom exhibition at Madhu Kalamandapam in Vijayawada on Thursday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR.  

Garments, bags, furniture... take your pick at this expo

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Sometimes we don't really know what we want until we come across it. Most of us are reminded of this tendency when we visit exhibitions like the one that unfolded at Madhu Kalamandapam here on Thursday.

Organised by Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, the handicrafts and handlooms exhibition-cum-sale was inaugurated by Krishna district Collector Navin Mittal.

Festival is round the corner and the organisers have taken care to ensure that the event is timely for denizens who are habitual buyers of the colourful garments, utility items like leather bags, furniture, handicrafts and other knick-knacks that are otherwise overlooked in showrooms.

It's a bi-annual event attracting huge crowds that go gaga over the new range of items, which find place at the display.

College girls have a reason to throng the nearly 45 stalls put up at the hall.

Crossing borders

Dress material from Mangalagiri, Narayanpet, Venkatagiri, and Pochampally are a big lure. Craftsmen from places like Madurai, Rajasthan, Orissa, West Bengal, Mysore and Hyderabad have come to participate. The expo has, among other things, Jaipur printed bedsheets, appliqu� work from Orissa, Bengal cottons of West Bengal, rose wood furniture, mandapam, mandiram and wall hangings, Moradabad brass items, shola wood items, ceramic items, khadi products and leather items from Bangalore. Regular items like Pedana and Kalamkari printed dress material, Tamil Nadu saris, Pochampalli bed spreads and cushion covers are also available.

Queue for pearls

Stalls selling Hyderabad pearls and artificial jewellery are a major attraction for girls and women.

The maturity of the artists' mind reflects in the wonderful works they have created.

There may be a zillion things waiting for your attention at home.

But you cannot afford to be imprudent and subject yourself to injustice by missing out on this special treat on the festival eve.

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