There's something for everyone

There's something for everyone

The ten-day ‘National Craft Santhe,’ organised by Srinidhi Arts and Crafts Foundation, at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat couldn’t have come at a better time, with Deepavali just around the corner.

The fair features the work of more than 100 artists and craftsmen from across the country. The fair stocks some contemporary products in addition to an enviable
collection of lamps. 

According to K K Gopinath, secretary of Srinidhi Arts and Crafts, the fair is a fusion of language and culture. He says, “Not always do artisans get a chance to display their talent and sell their products. The fair is a perfect blend of art and culture from different regions. The art and craft of almost 20 states is brought under one roof.” 

Among the products that are on display are dhokra cast, terracotta lamps and pots,
silver and metal jewellery, bamboo products, natural soaps, handmade stationery products and aromatic oils among other things.

The textile collection is another major attraction and includes chanderi fabrics and saris, the popular ilkal saris, kalamkari and Chettinad saris.

Sahil, a sari stall owner, has come all the way from Kashmir, to be a part of the fair. He says, “The organisers have been holding such fairs for the last few years and I make sure, I put up a stall every year. I only bring dress materials and saris because it has a good market in Bangalore. People here like the Kashmiri prints and works and I have made good profits whenever I have come here earlier. Now, with only a few days are left for the festival, I hope to make some good business this year too.”

Colourful Rajasthani paintings, camel leather bags, handmade paintings and hand block prints add colour to fair.

For some artisans, being a part of such fairs mean reaching out to a larger crowd. Sumir, a stall owner from Banaswadi who has brass handicrafts on display, says he is happy to be a part of craft fairs. “I don’t own a shop and only exhibit my products at fairs. People from different areas come here and this helps me exhibit my handicrafts to a lot of people.”

For visitors, fairs provide numerous options. Suma, a home-maker says, “There are so many fairs happening under one roof and you don’t have to waste time going too far looking for what you want. I have to buy some lamps but I am sure I will end up buying more than what I need. It’s a different collection this year, so I hope to find something that suits my taste.” The fair will go on till November 2 between 10 am and 7 pm.  

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