Dastkari craft fair

Dastkari Craft bazaar – an exhibition of regional crafts, art and textiles — is here in Chennai. More than 100 different craftsmen from the villages, towns and cities across the country will present their handmade creations in metal, wood, clay and paper.

Embroidered and woven textiles and traditional art will be available. People can enjoy folk music and dance performed on all days.Hand block printed textiles and embroidered textiles from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kerala, leather products from Shantiniketan, assorted crafts from Punjab, papier mache and wooden objects from Kashmir, are the highlights of the fair.

The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a not-for-profit association of craftspeople working to spread awareness about traditional art and craft.



Silk Fab promises a stunning array

A visitor at one of the stalls at the Silk Fab that was inaugurated at Hotel Novotel in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAMWith Sankranti round the corner, another silk exhibition captivates the price-conscious buyers in the city.

The 14-day ‘Silk Fab’, which began here on Wednesday, is being jointly organised by the Development Commissioner of Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, and Government of India, along with the National Handloom Development Corporation Limited.

Handloom and silk weavers from State government bodies, apex societies, and handloom weavers from 11 States put up a total of 43 stalls showcasing their crafts in fascinating textures, prints, and shades.

Among a whole range of saris, the lightweight Uppada weaves with a fusion of silk-cotton, Chanderi cotton silk, and the elegant tussar silk with crème coloured ‘gheecha’ stripes spread all over, meet the requirement of the budget buyers.

Varieties of natural silk materials such as ‘eri’, ‘muga’, ‘tussar-cotton’, jute, and ‘khadi’ with tribal art prints are available at affordable prices.

Speaking on the occasion, H.M. Sharma, in-charge of the exhibition, said: “Handlooms have their own significance all over the country and with such an overwhelming response that we received last time, the fair is being organised for the second time in the city.”

The exhibition will be open at Hotel Novotel till January 21 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.


It is open at Hotel Novotel till January 21 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.



Hyderabad today


Sri Desika Sabha 46th Thiruppavai festival discourses in Tamil by E.S. Satajit, Keyes High School, Secunderabad, 6.30 p.m.

Sri Ahobila Math Thiruppavai Discourses by U. Ve Sriman E. S. Mukundan, DD Colony, 6.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


VNR Engineering College Valedictory programme, International Conference on Emerging trends in Civil Engineering, college premises, Bachupally, 2 p.m. onwards

AP S.E.B.S.C. and S.T. Employees Welfare Association Inauguration of Sankshema Diary 2014, B.R. Ambedkar Spoorthi Bhavan, Khairatabad, 5.30 p.m. onwards


Kalakriti Art Gallery Maps in Indian History – visual presentation by Manosi Lahiri, gallery premises, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, 2 p.m.

Crafts Council of A.P. Aakruthi Vastra – inauguration of textiles and jewellery exhi-bition, N Convention, Madhapur, 10 a.m.

Shrishti Art Gallery Art Exhibition – Kahaani – by Bolgum Nagesh Goud, Road No. 15, Jubilee Hills, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.