A paradise for craft lovers

A paradise for craft lovers
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The handlooms and handicrafts exhibition organised by Swayam Krushi, an NGO in Guntur, is attracting craft lovers. With 45 stalls of both handloom sarees and handicrafts, the expo at Gondi Sitharamaiah Kalyana Mandapam, will continue till Sunday.

The handlooms and handicrafts exhibition organised by Swayam Krushi, an NGO in Guntur, is attracting craft lovers. With 45 stalls of both handloom sarees and handicrafts, the expo at Gondi Sitharamaiah Kalyana Mandapam, will continue till Sunday.

Artisans from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh set up stalls and exhibited Jaipur bed sheets, Madhya Pradesh Maheshwari cotton sarees, Bengali cotton sarees, sofa cut works, diwan sets and cushion covers. Andhra Pradesh's favourite brand of Pochampalli sarees, Uppada silk sarees, Dharmavaram sarees, Kashmiri sarees, Kalankari art and Hyderabad khadi men’s wear, Mangalagiri handlooms, etc, are on display at the expo. Embroidery sarees from Hyderabad and Banjara products are the cynosure of all eyes. Gadwal sarees and dress materials are an added attraction.

Handlooms, books and handicrafts on display at the expo

Among the craft material, Kondapalli and Etikoppaka toys, pearls from Hyderabad, Gramodyog khadi, ayurvedic products, leather bags and jute products are drawing many customers. Many craft lovers are taking time to interact with craftswomen and artisans. Imitation jewellery, decorative items and Jaipur stone bangles are a major attention and vendors selling these are doing brisk business.

Organisers of the mela Swayam Krushi and its president Sukender appealed to the people to patronise artisans and help save the dwindling art forms from extinction.

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