CHENNAI: The exhibition-cum-sale of handlooms and handicrafts, organised by Uttar Pradesh-based Pushpanjali Khadi Gramodhyoug Sansthan, offers a treat to shopaholics to have a glimpse of Kashmiri floral embroidery, ethnic Bengal cotton saris, home decor, homemade jewellery boxes, Jaipur paintings, block printed designer wear, oxidised silver bracelets, jhumkas, chains, anklets, gold plated bangles, rings, marble artefacts, blue pottery Khurja, sheesam wooden furniture, Mughal art pieces, coffee mugs, tea sets, fruit bowls, bags, toys from Karnataka, pen stands, furniture made of white wood, key chains, bed sheets, spoon stands, necklaces made of semi-precious stones, wood carvings, Hyderabad pearls, five-metal jewellery, palm leaf paintings, table mats, black terracotta from Rajasthan, dress suits with patch-work from Gujarat and plenty more.
Craftpersons from Jaipur, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Lucknow, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and several other states feel that it’s an opportunity to display their creative skills.
“I find a lot of ‘arty’ products here. Usually, I never miss any craft bazaar because people who have a passion for crafts make these customised products. You can look forward to reasonably priced stuff, be it fancy jewellery, furnishings or kurtis. I made purchases for `1,000. I wish I had brought more money,” said 52-year-old Shoba with a laugh.
The basic idea of organising this expo was to uplift the weavers, and provide direct access to customers and revive the dying arts. We mainly focus on handmade products, said Rajesh, a member of Pushpanjali.
(The expo is open from 10 am to 9 pm and will conclude on February 2. Contact 7092899871)