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Fair showcases variety of handicrafts from Andhra Pradesh

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Blemishless pearls and traditional Pochampalli designs bring alive the beauty of rural crafts.


— PHOTO: K.K. Najeeb

CREATIVE SKILL: Lepakshi handicrafts fair at Casino Cultural Auditorium in Thrissur.

Thrissur: A handicrafts fair being held here by Lepakshi is a riot of colours, creativity and innovative designs.

Brought to Thrissur by the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation, the fair showcases a variety of handicrafts and handloom products from the coastal State.

There is a wide range of exhibits that suit every pocket.

Blemishless pearls and traditional Pochampalli designs and terracotta wind chimes bring alive the beauty of rural crafts. Ornaments, traditional toys, dress material, bed sheets and loads of knick knacks jostle for space at the fair being held at Casino Cultural Auditorium.

From Mangalagiri handloom to eco-friendly vegetable-dyed Kalamkari, there is a classy collection of saris on display. Hand-woven saris in sober colours and rich pallus cost upwards of Rs. 480. Banjara embroidery evening bags and purses are moderately priced. So are the superbly painted, vegetable-dyed Kalamkari materials.

To go with all your outfits, try out metal earrings, necklaces and those unusually trendy metal bangles. Also from the land of pearls is a range of pearl and semi-precious jewellery. Pearl sets, studded with beads and stones, are priced between Rs. 300 and Rs. 1,200. Pendants of moonstone, onyx, mother-of-pearl and other semi-precious stones are priced between Rs. 600 and Rs. 1,500.

To pep up your designer saris, there are colourful bangles in purple and pink; blue and green. Carved wooden panels and wall hangings are mostly in typical black. Terracotta products in various shapes and sizes are on show.

Pillow covers and bed-sheets from Jaipur have designs of teddy bears, elephants, camels and flowers. Single bed-sheets cost upwards of Rs. 150 each and double bed-sheets are priced between Rs. 220 and Rs. 450.

Sitting pretty are Kondapally and Etikoppaka toys. Check out the eminently cute spinning tops priced at Rs. 10. Also available are mouth fresheners and digesters from Rajasthan, agarbatis and perfumes, cotton curtains, wall hangings, leather bags, showpieces in brass, jute bags, dining and sleeping mats in zari. The soft furnishings section is not to be missed.

The fair will end will end on February 26.

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