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Mix of the traditional, tribal, modern

Staff Reporter

Nearly 160 craftsmen from different parts of the country participate

— Photo: S. Thanthoni

INTERESTING RANGE: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala takes a look at the products at a stall in ‘Craft Bazaar 2009’ at Valluvor Kottam recently.

CHENNAI: Traditional, tribal and contemporary crafts in various hues and sizes greet visitors to the 10-day ‘Craft Bazaar 2009’.

The exhibition was recently inaugurated by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala at the Valluvor Kottam.

Mr. Barnala said that crafts were the second largest source of employment in the country after agriculture. “We should use only hand-made products and take the importance of aesthetic value of crafts to the younger generation.”

Nearly 160 craftsmen from different parts of the country are displaying their wares at the exhibition-cum-sale, which is a joint initiative of the Crafts Council of India and the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

From Chhattisgarh’s tuna and bamboo, West Bengal’s terracotta jewellery and Tamil Nadu’s Pattamadai mats to Manipur artisans’ work on stone, there is a lot to choose from the variety of stalls.

Lipi Biswas, for instance, is participating in the exhibition for the first time displaying intricately-done work on ceramic pottery.

“The crafts from Tamil Nadu have so far been my favourite pick, and the grace with which the artisan explained her work is admirable. More than the ideas from each of the stalls, I am also going back with energy,” says Ms. Biswas, a studio potter who lives and works at Shantiniketan.

Blue and its shades fill Rajasthan’s blue art pottery stall, where one can get things for Rs. 10 to Rs. 200 or take home gifts in different shapes and sizes from the only stall selling sea shells.

The exhibition is on till September 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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