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Exquisite items on display at Sankara Hall

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— Photo: R.Ragu

COLOURFUL LINE-UP: Kurja ceramic pottery being arranged at the Rajasthan Craft Fair that opened in Chennai on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: Craftsperson Siddharth Deva’s hands work deftly to craft new neckpieces, as he explains about different natural stones to visitors.

From even small pieces of amethyst, garnets, tiger’s eye, turquoise and sandstone that are usually considered of little use, the craftsperson creates earrings.

You can find him at the Rajasthan Craft Fair, which got under way on Wednesday at Sri Sankara Hall on TTK Road here.

Organised by the Rajasthan Hasta Kala Samithi, the exhibition has handicrafts, handloom and jewellery from Rajasthan. The fair will be on till November 3. Also showcased are walnut furniture from Kashmir, Tanjore paintings, Bengal Terracotta statues, pattachitra and filigiri from Orissa, Pattamadai mats from Tirunelveli and antique brass utensils from Chettinad.

The stall with Pichwai paintings, made with watercolour on silk cloth, have eye-catchy paintings of Radha Krishna, the Hawa Mahal, elephants and processions.

Orissa’s Debashish Sahu has beautiful diaries made with palm leaves and handmade paper that are ideal gift items. This traditional craftsman also has pattachitra on tussar silk and palm leaf engravings of mythological topics.

The Thiruvananthapuram stall offers earring boxes that can hold up to 16 pairs, bangle pouches, jewellery pouches and even shoe pouches.

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