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CCIE's Cottage Mela

As Bangalore prepares to brave cold winds of winter, Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIE) has provided a bit of warmth and colour in the form of exquisite craftsmanship and artistic blend of varied regions of India through the annual Cottage Mela at Safina plaza which kicked off on December 20 {+t} {+h}, 2010. The Mela will be on till January 2, 2011.

Every year the Mela provides an opportunity to behold the rich and varied art and craft traditions of India's culturally enriched regions, providing a glimpse of their of their culture and a chance to exchange creative ties.

This year, the annual gala affair has gone up a notch in terms of exclusivity with the unique concept of ‘Cottage Pavilion.'

This novel concept provides a platform for the cultural and artistic interchange between artisans and visitors and an ideal method for the exchange of knowledge with each other. In addition, it is also a spectacular place to witness live demonstrations of the creation of various kinds of handicrafts, especially in a setting that is authentic and provides an aesthetic sense of rural India.

Around 50 artists who are national and state awardees from various parts of India are participating in the event with their unique crafts from their respective regions.

Speaking about the idea and aim behind the pavilion, Mr. Sushant Mukherjee, AGM, CCIE, said that in order to give a distinct feeling of Cottage artwork they introduced this concept this time to give hands on experience of a village art to visitors.

“This will provide a real feeling of a cottage artwork in village and people will get to see the real village atmosphere,” he said.

This year on display are tribal handicrafts from Bastar it includes exotic handicrafts like wood-carvings, bell -metal items, terracotta items, bamboo items as well as national award winning art of Brass from Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh. There was also lacquer ware craft of Maharashtra, Madhu-bani painting (wall hangings) from Bihar, lamps, lampshades, ashtrays, chimes, hand crafted wooden furniture, bronze and brass idols from Bengal, hand-knotted silk carpets in silk from Kashmir.

In textiles the rich weaving tradition of India is represented in the wide range of handloom and cotton sarees and dress materials – from Bihar and Banjara needlecraft (embro-idery) of Andhra Pradesh, also silk kurtas, jackets, silk scarves and silk ties from Karnataka and famous paintings from of Tanjore etc.

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