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Kalasrusti's Craft Bazaar inaugurated Craft Bazaar's opening today

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Over 100 crafts persons, handloom weavers from all over India participating in the expo Over 100 crafts persons, handloom weavers from all over the country participating; expo on till September 18.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Kalasrusti, a rural educational handloom and handicrafts artisans welfare association, is organising the All-India Craft Bazaar-2005 at Viswapriya Function Hall on Beach Road. The expo will be inaugurated on Friday and will be on up to September 18.

Addressing a media conference in this connection, Kalasrusti secretary G. Dasaradhachari said that the association was formed in 1995 to work for the uplift and development of crafts and welfare of artisans from different parts of the State.

``The association that began with 100 members today has 5,000 members hailing from different parts of the country,'' he said and added that the Union Textiles Ministry had launched Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hastashilp Vikas Yojana for the overall development of potential craft clusters and their sustainability by implementing various need-based interventions at the craft clusters under AHVY scheme.

Kalasrusti was the first in the State to be entrusted with conducting a baseline survey, community empowerment and other interventions for the wooden lacquerware cluster at Karlapudi village in Chittoor district.

The organisation has undertaken the baseline survey of kalamkari paintings and wood carving craft clusters in and around Srikalahasti with its own funds.

Referring to other welfare activities, he said that insurance was extended to members providing them risk coverage up to 20,000, scholarships were being extended to children of artisans studying between ninth standard and Intermediate and credit cards were being issued to enable artisans to secure loans from banks.

The exhibition-cum-sale would feature, among other things, carved wooden toys, Kondapalli toys, artistic cotton durries, Banjara embroidery, soft toys applique work, Mangalagiri handloom sarees, leather puppets and applique work from Orissa.

Over one hundred crafts persons and handloom weavers from all over India are participating in the expo.

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