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TAKE THE traditional Chennapatna toys for instance with imaginative design inputs they have been transformed into the loveliest of boxes, jars, bangles, candlestands, bells and other artefacts. Painted with floral motifs or stripes in soft pastel shades, the attractive Chennapatna items would make ideal gift giveaways. Traditional Chennapatna animal forms such as elephants and other toys are also available in very bright colours of orange and red.

Exquisitely finished sets of Kondapalli toys can also be bought at the shop, along with attractively framed mirrors, terracotta jewellery and gypsy beads.

Many craft items charm with their unique flavour. Exquisitely etched gourd craft containers and pots in distinctive shapes have a mellow antique look, apart from being unique new entries into the urban craft mileu. Delicately sculpted pith craft gods and goddesses, flowers and garlands are another unique feature of Dakshinachitra's gift shop, which also stocks Ramu Velar's terracotta bric-a-brac and sandur cushions.

Particularly attractive and handy gift items, are the Kalamkari ``Tree of life'' wall hangings, Madhubani bedspreads and tablecloth, trays embellished with a touch of embroidery and much else.

In the textile section there are Chettinad saris, Madhubani and ikat fabric, indigo dye fabric and a lot more to choose from. The gift shop is situated in the Dakshinachitra Complex on East Coast Road, Muttukadu.

PUSHPA CHARI

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