Storehouse of craft items
THE RICH beauty of carved, inlaid rosewood, delicate bidriwork artefacts, exquisitely carved sandalwood icons, a variegated range of textiles, and wafting over it all, the sweet smell of sandal incense... There is much that catches the eye and the imagination at Cauvery's exhibition-cum-sale of Karnataka's rich storehouse of craft skills, which is attracting huge crowds. The products on view are distinguished by excellence of craftsmanship and innovative concepts.
Tradition and innovative conceptual imagination seems to be the byword of the exhibits. Beautifully carved rosewood, jhoolas complete with elaborate columns, exquisitely crafted and bejewelled elephants and mandaps represent classicism at is best as do the carved and inlaid rosewood sofa and dining table sets, teapoys, etc.
Innovation can be seen in the many rosewood, sandalwood and white wood functional items such as table top office accessories, jars, boxes etc. Equally imaginative is the combination of Mysore's distinctive mangowood carving skills with the painting skills of Tamil craftspersons. The result is a rich and colourful array of srtefacts, wall hangings, bird and animal forms etc.
Hoysala style bronze figurines in graceful stances form a compelling part of the exhibition as do whitewood carvings of gods and goddesses. Other craft items include textiles and yardage, ganjifa cards etc.
The Cauvery exhibition-cum-sale of Karnataka Handicrafts is on at Best Sellers Hall, Annie Besant Road, Kalakshetra, Adyar, till October 12.
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