The Rajasthan Hastakala Samithi has organised Rajashtan Craft Fair, an exhibition of handlooms and handicrafts from all over India at Srinivas Sagar Kalyan Mantap in Jayanagar. Craftsmen from various states have been participating in this fair and displaying different items.
A wide range of handicrafts like ear-rings, chains, bags, bangles, wall hangings, pens with intricate work, key bunches, walnut wood furniture from Kashmir, brass artifacts in antique finish including music replicas, metal figures in different sizes and shapes, Orissa paintings, sheesham wood carvings, 3-D paintings, inlay-work wall pieces, bangles, jewellery from different states, stone carvings from Agra, paintings, wall decor, terracotta and other crafts; are on a breath-taking display.
The handloom section is represented by weavers from different states. Ikkat fabric made by using the tie and dye techniques from Bengal handlooms, salwar suits with fine handwork, ready-made tops, men’s kurtas, skirts, shirts, kidswear, bed-spreads, table linen, dupattas and sarees are attracting customers from different walks of life.
Saroj Devata, who has come from Orissa, is displaying Sambalpuri sarees in fine Ikkat and Bomkai pattern. “We do subtle needle work on cotton and silk materials, which gives a grand look to the fabric. And one more reason to pick these up is the fact that the colours and works on the clothing won’t fade even after several washes,” he says.
A separate section is dedicated for various items made of walnut wood, which were brought from Kashmir. Dressing tables, cots, study tables, sofa sets, diwanas, boxes and many more things with beautifully carved works reveal the creativity and the painstaking efforts of these artisans.
Dori Lal from Agra has been displaying magnificent marble works. He has made boxes, gods and goddesses, animals, owls, birds, fishes and many more wonderful artifacts of Italian albastone, black Belgium marble and jade marble. He has carved seven animals inside an elephant and regards it as one of his best works. He says, “Earlier, these marble stones were considered as useless and were thrown out during mining. But I learnt the art of carving wonderful articles out of them and keep on experimenting.” The exhibition is on till January 10.