Decorative and dainty, these pieces are a sure draw ...
A DAZZLING variety of handcrafted lifestyle products using traditional craft skills and contemporary design formats spread their allure at Dakshinachitra's Annual Discount Sale which opens tomorrow at Best Seller Hall, Theosophical Society Road (near Aavin parlour), Adyar.
The celebration of attractive quality craft items spans appliqué and embroidered household linen from Orissa and Gujarat, carved wooden pieces, Chennapatna's jars, boxes, toys and artefacts, Kalamkari pictures and panels from Sri Kalahasti, Kalamkari bedspreads, Rajasthan's colourful puppets, Korai mats, dhurries from Warangal, tombais, and cotton dupattas and saris.
Many of the items such as soft stone Ganeshas, hand-woven upholstery and bedspreads have been crafted in Dakshinachitra itself, while many have been created by craftspersons group such as the Sandur Kushal Kala Kendra from Gujarat.
Superior craftsmanship and smart design inputs set most of the lifestyle products apart. And a touch of Kalamkari or embroidery on dustbin or spectacle case invests functional craft items with a certain charm. If appliqué cushion covers from Orissa combine colour and motif with charming exuberance the ikat bedspreads from Andhra reflect the weaving technique at its best.
The Kalamkari bedspreads from Machilipatnam bring the colourful magic of block printed flowers into interiors providing a good foil for Pattamadai floor mats which are available in smart designer formats and the colourful cotton dhurries from Warangal. Compelling papier-mâché masks are another attraction along with a range of vividly coloured Chennapatna toys, jars and boxes.
For those looking for quality products at bargain prices, Dakshinachitra's sale offers Kerala brass lamps, dhokra lamps from Orissa, table mats and napkin sets at throwaway prices. The sale also offers cool `panagam' made out of jaggery and ginger. Activities like palm leaf puppet crafting help keep children occupied. The two-day sale ends on March 30.
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