A colourful world of art

crafts bazaar

A colourful world of art

 aesthetic An array of brass artifacts on display.The exhibition-cum-sale has a wonderful collection of items as nearly 150 artisans from all over India are displaying their crafts. R Sekar, the manager of the Poompuhar Crafts Bazaar says, “This is the 17th consecutive year that Poompuhar is being held in Bangalore. This exhibition is a platform for many artisans from different parts of India to exhibit their creativity and it is a mark of respect to their craftsmanship.”

As one moves through this colourful world of Indian handicrafts, many intricate paintings and sculptures catch the eye. One of the prime attractions here is the Tanjore painting in different sizes embossed with gold plate and kundan work. There are different brass idols, bronze statues, panchaloha icons, oil lamps, artifacts, rosewood statues, carvings, artifacts, showpieces, pen stands, book stands, key chains, wall paintings, rosewood and teakwood furniture with intricate carvings, sandalwood products and incense sticks to choose from.

The apparel section includes the Lucknow chikan work embroidered saris, kurtis, dress materials and salwar suits, Banaras saris, stoles, chiffon saris, bed linen, wall hanging, Kashmiri handwork embroidered saris, dress materials, Rajasthan bedsheets, cushion covers, bags, purses and many handcrafted and handwoven items which are available at a reasonable price. There are many stalls displaying fashion jewellery in different designs — one gram gold, semi-precious stones, wood work jewellery, bone-work neck pieces, terracotta jewellery and Orissa Filigiri work jewellery with intricate patterns. Bangles made of lac include designs like kalamkari, nail and Bhangdi work. There is also a range of white and black metal puja items, German silver items, jewellery boxes, diyas, trays and other wooden cutlery items.

The Rajasthani paintings are yet another attraction here. Apart from these, there are marble stone carvings which portray the rich craftsmanship of the artists. Handkerchiefs, baby towels, night suits, table clothes, pillow cases, table mats, tea cosies, kitchen gloves, bathrobes and many other items are also sold here. All these items are handmade with exquisite patterns. A special discount of ten per cent is also there on all items this time.

The Nepali dry flowers, which come in different hues and designs, also catch one’s attention. All these and more are beckoning, visitors who are thronging in large numbers, to the exhibition. Preethi Nair, a professional with a private firm said, “There is a huge variety to choose from. I feel spoilt for choice. I liked the brassware and the jewellery here. They have a rare collection which is not found anywhere.” Another regular visitor, Nandini B M said, “I have never missed this exhibition for the last five years and every year, there is always something new in store. I was looking forward to this exhibition for quite sometime now and I’m happy that it has a good collection this time too.” The exhibition is on till January 27 from 11 am to 9 pm at Srinivasa Sagar Kalyana Mantapa, II Block, Jayanagar.

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