Handicraft Fair

Two weeks ago, I published a blog called Aajeevika Mela, about traditional handloom textiles. There were other handicrafts at the fair which are worth displaying in a photo-essay. There was a stage at the entrance to the hall, where these three dancing ladies were keeping us entertained.

Ethnic shoes, chappels and slippers were very popular exhibits.

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These three idols represent the god Jagannath, worshipped in Orissa.

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I would quite like a well-carved Ganesh to take home with me. There were some straw masks and ceramic elephants which attracted my attention.

There were plenty of brightly coloured toys and some dinky copper lamps.

I liked the heavy duty cotton bags, for shopping and laundry. And some earthenware tiles, probably for the wall rather than the floor, given their design.

Old man painting a branch. A set of sweeping brushes. Lampshades and sealed packages of dried fish.

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I am not sure exactly what this is, but it looks impressive.

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4 Replies to “Handicraft Fair”

  1. The gift fairs offer a variety of fashionable textile featuring different embroidery, printing and weaving. The clothing materials from Gujarat feature either Banni or Heer Bharat embroidery. The craftsmen from Rajasthan use Gota embroidery to design colorful clothing materials. The artisans of west Bengal use Kantha stitch to decorate the clothing materials. The craftsmen of Uttar Pradesh are famous for Zardozi and Chikan stitching patterns.

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