Blending heritage and art

Handloom exhibition

Blending heritage and art

Orissa Grameen Mela’ will be on till March 29 at Srinivasa Sagar Kalyana Mantap, Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar.

   The fair brings together rural artisans from the eastern part of India.Featuring vast collections of handlooms and handicrafts, from Orissa’s tie and dye dresses, fabrics and saris to West Bengal’s cotton saris, wood carvings among others.

The display includes grass mats, silver filigree jewellery, jute chappals, papier-mâché toys, office organisers and textiles.

The mela is all about the use of traditional craft skills to create contemporary lifestyle products. Biswajit Saha from Dhaka is presenting the fabled ‘Dhakai muslin jamdaani’ sari. The jute-muslin saris make a classic statement with their delicate stripes.

The ‘pallus’ are embellished with huge jute and gold ‘kairis’. Purna Chandra Mohapatra from Puri is giving silver ‘filigree’ jewellery a contemporary twist. The range includes pendants, bangles, brooches and hair pins, besides mother-of- pearl jewellery and kumkum boxes. Among the eco-friendly craft objects on display are ‘Madhukati’ grass runners, table and floor mats and wall hangings.

Madhubani art in the form of cloth and wall hangings, papier-mâché toys and artefacts is another highlight. Rahul Sengupta’s jute ‘chappals’ with ‘kantha’ and ‘zari’ work and Trilochan Mahapatra’s Patachitra paintings stand out for their detailing.

Products from states like Bihar, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan,  Uttar Pradesh,Telangana  and West Bengal are also showcased in the mela.

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