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A wide range of lace articles, Pochampalli, Mangalagiri, and Gadawal saris, toys, dolls, printed batik, dye, kalamkari prints, bedspreads, pearl jewellery, woodcarvings, leather puppets, jute items, and other handicrafts of Andhra Pradesh will be on display and sale at the exhibition.
The Mayor, Modamani, will inaugurate the exhibition being organised as part of the golden jubilee of handicrafts resurgence in India by Sri Adarsa Women Mutually Aided Cooperative Thrift and Credit Society Ltd. which works with women artisans of 69 self-help groups (SHG) of Andhra Pradesh. It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days. There will be live demonstrations at the event.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, S.C. Devaramani, Assistant Director, Handicrafts Marketing and Service Extension Centre, Bangalore, Government of India, and T. Ranganageswari President of the society, said the organisation held exhibitions to market its products. The first exhibition held in January in Bangalore elicited an encouraging response. The society had received a grant of Rs. 1.2 lakh from the Union Ministry of Textiles for the exhibition in Mysore.
Similar event had been planned in Warangal and Vishakapatnam of Andhra Pradesh.
The SHGs, which had formed a federation under the society, were benefiting from Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastashipla Vikas Yojane of the Union Government. Under the scheme, design of garments with lace craft had been done with the assistance of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad. "This has enabled the members to use improved tools, techniques, and colour schemes to produce craft items for sophisticated markets,'' Ms. Ranganageshwari said.
She visited Malaysia recently and bagged a number of orders for the society's products. She was planning to visit Sri Lanka in December to study the prospects of marketing the products in that country.
The society, which received the best performance award for 2001-02 from the Collector, West Godavari district, had participated in several exhibitions organised by the Union and the State governments and various organisations.
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