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Fair promotes khadi in myriad avatars

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 19: Shoppers at a gala time at the national-level Khadi and Gramodyog (rural craft) exhibition at the Exhibition Ground here, which concluded on Wednesday.

Organised by Khadi and Gramodyog board with the objective of making visitors aware of the hard work and craftsmanship of the artisans, the fair housed myriad handloom and handicrafts items. Craftsmen from different parts of the country set up kiosks at the exhibition.

Khadi garments were the flavour of the fair. Saris, dhotis and kurtas sold like hotcakes. Priced between Rs 500 and Rs 2000, the saris had beautiful textures and hues. The tribal jewellery available at different kiosks complimented the saris well. The Hyderabadi pearls also caught the attention of visitors.

Those selling Andhra silk saris also did some brisk business. Two stalls from Srinagar sold the famous Pashmina shawls and embroidered kurtis with businessmen sounding content with their sales. Much to the delight of the women, there was a wide range of handbags on display.

Home decorative pieces such as soft toys, table lamps, covers for home appliances and cane items were available in abundance. Carved into striking figures of deities, metal work, mainly in brass and copper, also grabbed a lot of eyeballs.

A particular kiosk from Bengal had put on display some innovative earthen crafts such as wall clocks and fruit baskets. The Rajasthani jootis and sandals fascinated the visitors who seemed keen on experimenting with their footwear style.

Sellers from different districts of Odisha also offered their crafts. Woolen garments from Bhadrak, Pattachitra of Puri, woodwork of Kalahandi and other items were put up on display. Among organic items, pickles of different flavours achieved in satiating the taste buds of the visitors.

I have keen interest in rural crafts because of their intricate work, said Kajal Sathpathy, a visitor.