With special focus on the heart of India

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With special focus on the heart of India

Madhya Pradesh, a state popular for its flora and fauna has much more to boast about. The rich art of handloom weaving and handicrafts makes it famous too.

From the soft and virtually dreamlike Chanderi to the graceful and intricate Maheswari to the more vibrant tusar, MP boasts of brasswork from Khajuraho and lacelike bead jewellery from Neemuch as well. Giving Delhiites an opportunity to get the best of the state under one roof, the MP Hastshilp evem Hathkargha Vikas Nigam, along with the Ministry of Textiles recently organised an exhibition at Aga Khan Hall.

Handwoven saris and dress materials adorned walls as master weavers presented their fare of Chanderi and Maheswari weaves. Mohammed Imraan Ansari, whose family has been making Chanderi for decades, says, “We use pure resham (silk) in our Chanderis in sarees as well as dress materials. The range starts Rs 1500 onwards but if you are looking for something really original then we have a saree made of pure silk katan whose range starts from Rs 10,000 onwards.”

Madhya Pradesh Emporium, Mrignaynee (not to be confused with Mrignayni at Baba Kharak Singh Marg) also had a stall. “Prints like Dabu, Bagh, Baatik and Block add to the peculiarity to our craft,” says Krishan Rao of MP Handicraft Corporation. “The art of weaves and prints dates back to the time when Rani Ahilyabai used to rule the state. At the time weavers started the concept of using temple art on the borders of sarees and it has been in fashion since.”

Temple art has also found its way in metal work too. Ranjan Soni, who had come all the way from Khajuraho, was showcasing fish and tortoise shaped locks, betel cutters in the shape of sea horses, metallic conch shells with intricate work detailing mythological tale about Lord Ganesha and an antique piece in the shape of lion’s face which was used to hold palkis at the time when the state was ruled by kings.  

Some master craftsmen had participated as well. Pushpa from Neemuch came with her award-winning colourful bead ornaments. “I have been working on this craft since the last 10-12 years. Earlier I was alone but now I have gathered other women too from nearby localities.

“We make earrings, bracelets, anklets and complete sets in different patterns and designs,” says Pushpa, a participant for the first time.

Adjacent to her stall was another first timer, Sapna Soni from Indore with her cone craft.  Woodwork in shapes of fish, elephants, flowers and bells coloured in vibrant hues with beautiful mirror work was her forte.  

Nand Rao Ahuja from Indore came with leather workand his collection included small size horses and camels and leather stools in the shape of turtles. Another award-winning artist Girish Kumar Rajsoni from Mandsaur attracted visitors with Thewa art – which is gold work done on Belgium glass.

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