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Festive collection

AS DIWALI draws near the shops in the city beckon buyers with a dazzling array of goods. And the `Diwali Mela' organised by Contemporary Arts and Crafts and Kalakar would be well worth a visit.

On till November 10, at 45, C.P Ramaswamy Road, the exhibition will showcase intricately crafted figurines by Simi Narula of Kolkata. She has used a specially prepared chemical compound reinforced with fibreglass and metal. Each piece is handmade and great attention has been paid to the finish. The artefacts represent the country's rich rural tradition, especially its folk and tribal art forms. Each creation is like a piece of heritage in your home.

The silver-gold jewellery, bindis in Kundan and Pachichikam ,and block printed dupattas designed by Radhika Ajith Narayan of Ahmedabad are also a special attraction. Radhika's work in textiles takes roots in a tribal form practised by the Vaghris — a group of artists whose number is on the decline. Their craft is based on painting and block printing on cloth, using naturally occurring colouring substances called `Mata Ni Pachedi' or `Mata No Chandervo'. The Pachchikam jewellery, which Radhika specialises in, is unique to Gujarat, especially the Kutch region.

Diyas, gift boxes, designer evening bags in silk and crochet and bandhani sarees in silk...there is a plethora of items to choose from.

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