Swayambhar NARI (Non-formal Action Research Institute), a Kolkata-based voluntary organisation, is organising a seven-day exhibition of handicrafts from Shantiniketan from West Bengal, beginning from tomorrow.
West Bengal is known for its handlooms, handicrafts, patachitra and jute products. On display will be a range of products developed and created through the Integrated Design & Technical Development Project, sponsored by Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India, Ministry of Textile Department. Jute chappals, bags, patachitra, different types of handicrafts from Santineketan - Patochitra, Madur (mat), besides men and women’s silk and cotton kurtas, dress materials, cotton, silk and tussar printed saree, fancy and stone ornaments from Kolkata will be on sale.
The highlight of the exhibition will be a live demonstration by artisans from various parts of West Bengal, majority of them from Shantiniketan showcasing Kantha embroidery, weaving, potachitra, floor mate making etc. The exhibition will be on from 11 am to 8 pm everyday at YWCA, West Marredpally Road, Secunderabad from October 9 to 15.
Swayambhar NARI was started in 1988 essentially for women but over the years, male craftsmen too have become a part of it. Started as a voluntary group for providing marketing facilities to craftspersons, it has grown to more than 1,000 members. The organisation runs two craft schools at Midnapore and Birbhum, Shantiniketan besides schools in rural areas for the craftspersons’ children. Swayambhar NARI activities are supported by NABARD, NID and NIFT for skill upgradation and product diversification.