From women, for the women
Colourful fare on display ...
A `WOMEN'S Craft Bazaar' celebrating the creative and entrepreneurial skills of women of all ages is drawing huge crowds in the city. The Bazaar showcases products handcrafted by a wide spectrum of women engaged in small creative and business enterprises from tribal and socio-economically marginalised women to middle-class housewives. And among the run-of-the-mill Chikankari and block printed saris, petticoats and pickles, Chettinad bric-a-brac and embroidered children's dresses there are some ingenious craft items as well.
The Bazaar also has an array of prettily handcrafted imported tissue and satin garlands and torans strung with roses and jasmine, which are washable. The range also offers hand bags embellished with tissue floral motifs, trays and so on. Bread sculpture handicrafts is another innovative avenue of creativity wherein bread is treated chemically, made into dough, sculpted into figurines, flowers, birds, etc. and laminated.
German silver artefacts are another handcrafted attraction at the fair. One can pick up anything from the fine-crafted agarbathi cases to mobile puja samagri cases as well as the beautifully crafted jaali work purses. For those who like a little glitter in their lives, there are chamki-embellished paintings of gods and goddesses (one of them done by an 85-year `young' woman) as well as a wide variety of terracotta items. Beautifully embellished tribal jewellery created out of wood is an eco-friendly item on view.
The Women's Craft Bazaar which opened on Women's Day is on at C.P. Art Centre, No.1, Eldams Road, till March 15.
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