Spotlight on traditional designs

Spotlight on traditional designs


Spotlight on traditional designs

The marble idol of Krishna.

The Tamil Nadu Handicraft Development Corporation Limited, popularly known as Poompuhar, has organised a Crafts Mela at its Brigade Road outlet. The exhibition-cum-sale, which will be open till December 24, has an amazing collection of items one would love to buy.

Exquisite, eye-catching articles, artifacts, dolls, leather items, bronze lamps of different sizes and finely carved wooden furniture is luring customers. One of the prime attractions on display is the marble statue of Lord Krishna.

The statue is carved out of white marble by master craftsmen of Jaipur and embellished with intricate designs in gold water work.

The bronze lamps from Tamil Nadu are available in different shapes and sizes. Paper mache idols have also been put on display. Walnut furniture and mirror frames, with works of floral and geometrical designs, are attracting onlookers because of their fine carving style.

 These classy furniture have synthetic fibre engraved on wooden slabs. As these products are manufactured by expert craftsmen, its durability is guaranteed.

Unlike any other exhibition, the Poompuhar Crafts Mela has a section dedicated to children which has toys, dancing dolls and wooden miniature items.

These apart, bronze icons, brass oil lamps, Tanjore paintings, wood carvings, fancy jewellery in traditional designs, Channapattana lacquerware, Moradabad brassware and black metal items are for sale. Shafi, a veteran artisan from Channapattana who is into making wooden artifacts for the last 50 years, has many wonderful items to offer. Sandalwood pens, bracelet, bangles, door-hanging and miniature toys have been displayed at his stall.

“I liked an item in Shafi’s collection in which two dolls dance on the mirror when keys are applied. I was hesitant to ask its price as I thought it would be beyond my budget. To my surprise, this beautiful piece cost me just Rs 150. I am sure one cannot get such a wonderful piece anywhere else for such a low cost,” says Geetha Chandan, one of the customers at the expo.

The exhibition time is from 10 am to 8 pm.