Handicrafts worth a dekko

Several master craftspersons display their wares at Gandhi Shilp Bazaar

A young visitor appreciating soft toys at Gandhi Shilp Bazaar in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

A young visitor appreciating soft toys at Gandhi Shilp Bazaar in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

An array of crafts put up by artisans from different parts of the country greets one at Gandhi Shilp Bazaar that began here on Friday.

More than one hundred master craftspersons exhibit their wares at the exhibition, jointly hosted by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in association with Lepakshi – Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited.

Those who want to add a touch of creativity to their house, a range of metal decors dominate the venue.

Owing to its intricate design, brass accessories with ‘meenakari’ inlay work make them value buys.

The famous Madhubani paintings from Bihar, Dokra art frames, and metal carvings from Odisha, leather lampshades in different shapes and hues from Mysore, and leather toys from Indore are sure to catch the attention of visitors.

To beat the heat, cotton-crush dresses and crochet weaves are available for children. A spread of ‘puja’ items and wooden carvings, trendy bags, batik saris and cotton kurtis, and trinket jewellery are also on display.

National meet

After the exhibition’s formal inauguration, board member of the All India Handicrafts K.M. Chistee said:

“To revive and enhance the handicrafts of our State and provide a better standard of living for the artisans, we are participating in the national meet to be held in New Delhi on February 17. Proposals such as initiating handicrafts training programme for self-help group members and facilitating three to four handicraft stalls on the Beach Road will be discussed.”

The exhibition is on at the new rythu bazaar grounds, MVP Colony, till February 23 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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