Artifacts from North East

 A visitor admires the cane ware.

The balmy weather outside perfectly complemented the setting of handicraft exhibition from the North East. Being held at Ganapathi Seva Samiti, 5th block, Koramangala, this exhibition transports one to the raw and untouched flavour of North East.

The exhibition features an array of crafts and material like bamboo crafts, handloom weaving, wood carving, embroidery, jewellery, equipment made of serpentinate stone, baskets, handmade flowers made of palm leaves, shola wood, coral leaves etc.
The most prominent features of the exhibition are the exquisite cane furniture, accessories and apparel, ranging from baskets, lamps, even jewellery.

Says the craftsman, who has come specially from Nagaland, “The fine quality bamboo cutlery which also happens to be eco-friendly are completely washable and reusable.”
The exhibition also features award-winning artisans from the seven sister states namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

For many artisans, it’s the first time they are showcasing their crafts outside their state. "These items are purely handmade, without any use of machines. I am very happy that people are admiring my products and buying them as well. This is the first time I have participated and I am getting such an overwhelming response from the people. It makes you feel proud to have been doing something that is being appreciated by so many people,” said a craftswoman, who is exhibiting handmade flowers made of palm leaves, shola wood, coral leaves, hollbell flower and many such natural flowers. These flowers look no less real to an untrained eye.

The exhibition is certainly a delight for those looking to decorate their interiors. It has everything from exquisite furniture, to bronze Buddha artifacts to chic upholstery in cotton and silk including cushion covers, bolster covers and carpets.

For the fashion-conscious, there are edgy and earthy fashion accessories, quilted jhola style bags, cane and jute bags, cane jewellery and chic collection of stoles and shawls, eco-friendly as well as promoting traditional crafts.
The exhibition is on till August 2.

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