The Hast Karigar Society is back with yet another wonderful set of
hand-made items which will enhance the interiors of your home. Everything on display in this exhibition is hand-made by a group of artisans, who are in town to display their works. Paintings are being made on the spot and being framed then and there.
The exhibition is a shopper’s paradise as there are a wide variety of things on
display including Madhubani paintings with their trademark stick figures and animal motifs, massive copper bells which can double up as calling bells, Rajasthani earrings and necklaces in varied bright colours, beaded bangles, chains and bracelets, enamel and silver earrings and anklets and brass show pieces. Kantha work sarees, cotton and silk salwar sets, kurtis, pashmina shawls, cloth chairs, wooden stools and slippers are also there.
The ceramic cups and saucers are in great demand. Some of them are shaped as matkas and some look like small dolls with hands and legs. There are entire tea sets as well. Also there are piggy banks in the shapes of elephants and pigs which children will adore.
“I have come to almost all the exhibitions that happen here and I never go back
without buying something for my house. I have picked up some paintings and also some copper bells to decorate my house. These also make good gift items so I bought a few things to gift my family and friends for the coming festival,” says Rekha, a housewife.
The items on sale are largely household products and mostly cater to women. But there are stoles and slippers which will interest the men-folk. There are Kolhapuri slippers which men can wear with sherwanis and also stoles which can be worn with casuals and formals.
“The collection of junk jewellery caught my attention. They have the authentic Rajasthani designs which are not easily available here. I have bought some of them which I will flaunt in college. I bought a few pairs of slippers as well," says Rachana, a student. The exhibition is on till January 16 at Chitrakala Parishat.