A journey through cultural heritage

A journey through cultural heritage

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A journey through cultural heritage

The Central Cottage Industries Emporium is holding a two-week long Cottage Mela at Safina Plaza, Infantry Road. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sandalwood actress Yagna Shetty.

The rich and myriad tradition of the arts and crafts of India have been brought together on a single platform here. The exhibition features the works of award-winning craftsmen from all over India.

On display are exquisite Dhokra brass craft from Bastar in Madhya Pradesh; Warli art from Maharashtra; Madhubani paintings from Bihar; lamps, lampshades, ash trays, chimes, hand-crafted wooden furniture, bronze and brass idols, hand-knotted silk and woollen carpets from Amritsar, Jaipur and Kashmir; cotton dhurries, tribal jewellery and semi-precious stone jewellery from Rajasthan.

When it comes to textiles, the rich weaving tradition of India is represented in a wide range of handloom and cotton saris and dress materials from Bihar and Rajasthan. Chikan-embroidered kurtas from Lucknow, Ikkat saris from Kolkata, Pashmina shawls from Kashmir, silk kurtas, jackets and many more can be seen here.

Ganesh, an experienced artist from Tamil Nadu, is displaying hand-carved wooden idols, made out of neem. “This time, I have come out with a variety of Lord Ganesha and Krishna idols. Sleeping Ganesha is in great demand these days and the prices vary from Rs 1,500 to 70,000,” he informs.

There is a colourful counter which sells all varieties of bangles. Here, one can see creative handiwork of kalamkari, zardozi, bandani, maheshwari and chanderi arts on these colourful and delicate bangles. “We also have bangles made out of semi-precious stones.

Today’s girls want to mix and match all these varieties,” says an artisan.  College-goers are attracted by an attractive array of jewels, earrings, bracelets, chains, pendants made out of various metals and stones. “On seeing this wide variety, I am confused on what to purchase. Everything is looking nice and new to me,” exclaims Shiny, a student.

Ceramic items in bright colours, copper articles, show pieces, jewellery boxes, pen stands, wall-hanging, Tanjavur paintings, household articles, bags, candles, porcelain cups and many more things are on display at the exhibition. The expo will be on till August 22.

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