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All the way from Uttar Pradesh

Staff Reporter

These wooden articles at the exhibition are certainly eye-catching



BEAUTIFUL: A visitor looking at the exhibits in Tiruchi on Thursday. — Photo: R. Ashok

TIRUCHI: A cozy wooden chair reclines on the aisle accompanying a mammoth television stand, which evinces its fine wood finish, providing the visitors reasons to linger for a while.

They have come all the way from Uttar Pradesh along with antique-like telephone sets and huge wooden trunks. Brought up by `Kalanjali Craft Exhibition,' Uttar Pradesh Handicrafts, Handlooms Artisan's Association, it isn't just artworks of Uttar Pradesh that dominate the exhibition at the Indian Medical Hall, but also from all parts of the country.

There are Gujrathi salwar sets with stunning embroideries and mirror works. Kurtis and patiala pyjamas come in all colours, providing a surfeit of choices for mix and matches. The flamboyant skirts lined up at a stall are worth spending several minutes merely looking at them.

Cotton saris from Pochampalli, Mangalgiri and Madurai's chungidi are all stacked up in a series of stalls. A virtual one-stop shop for interior decorations, the expo has import-quality curtains in all possible colour combinations.

Huge wooden trunks, towering chests, intricate bowl holders, artistic wall hangers and more of its kind wooden works range right up to Rs. 10,000.

For the antique lovers, the exhibition offers a variety of choices featuring palm leaf-engravings from Orissa, Rajasthani mirror works and Kantha-embroidered letter holders.

Elegant jute bags and purses from West Bengal, cosy Rajasthani cotton quilts and exquisite terracotta wind chimes complete the ensemble.

The exhibition will go on till December 11.

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