Fair amount of craft and art

grand mela:More than 50 artisans from all over India exhibit their wares at the crafts fair, in Puducherry —Photo: G. KrishnaswamyIt is hard to pass an old world wooden oonjal or a handpainted jhula without sliding up its seat. An elaborately carved rosewood swing suspended on gleaming chains is only one of the attractions at the Crafts Mela in Puducherry that brings the best handicrafts of Tamil Nadu under one roof.

The craft fair by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited and Poompuhar sales showroom, Chennai, is among the many exhibitions organized across India to promote artisans from the state.

Handcrafted teak and rosewood furniture and handlooms including the Madurai Sungudi saree finds a place at the fair.

More than 50 artisans showcase their works at the craft fair which also has wares from other states like Varanasi zari sarees, Lucknow chikan salwars and Rajasthani bedspreads. From the heart of Tamil Nadu are brass lamps, wood carvings, panchaloka sculptures, Thanajvur art plates, Thanjavur paintings, clay, terra cotta, stone and papier mache toys and artefacts.

Jute bags, coir products, leather accessories, jewellery and sea shells spanning a wide price range are also on display. Pooja mandaps, conches, rudrakshas and religious merchandise also make their presence felt.

While miniature figurines are easy to find, the craft fair has its share of the colossal in the form of paintings, brass lamps and carved doors, all between six and eight feet.

There is a 10 per cent discount. The display and sale of handicrafts is at Vel Sokkanathan Thirumana Nilayam on Vallalar Salai, Kamaraj Nagar.

The expo is on till January 13 including Sundays, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.



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