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Good response to handicrafts expo

Staff Reporter

Sri Sai Baba Mahila Society is organising it

Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Visitors taking a look at the flower vases on display at the on-going crafts exhibition in Guntur on Thursday. —

GUNTUR: An exhibition of various handicrafts from all over India organised by Sri Sai Baba Mahila Society at Seetharamaiah High School grounds is evoking a good response. Some 150 stalls have come up on the grounds located adjacent to NTR Stadium.

The exhibition features a variety of household articles, wall hangings, floor mats of varied shades and carpets made by traditional artisans and members of self-help groups.

Secretary of the society L. Raja Kumari said that their organisation was registered under the Societies Act with the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).

It was in the forefront of implementing various schemes of Central and State governments to uplift the artisans.

If soft Kashimiri carpets made of cotton are an artisan's delight, the exquisite hand-made designs on wall hangings are connoisseurs' joy. Flower vases of various shapes are also emerging as a big draw, as women are evincing a keen interest to purchase them. The exhibition also has various furniture items, include bamboo-made stools and tables. A wide array of cane and bamboo furniture is also up for grabs. A glittering array of imitation jewellery is also one of the highlights of the exhibition.

Kondapalli toys

Artisans from Ettikoppaka have put on display Kondapalli toys. These toys capture the country life and are light in weight since they are made of ‘poniki' wood found only on the Kondapalli hill range.

Moving on to textiles, the exhibition has a lot to offer. The traditional Pochampalli and Mangalagiri saris have become a popular choice as also Kalamkari prints.

The exhibition, which started on March 1, would conclude on March 10.

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