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Gourd lights at city fair

Ever thought a bottle gourd can serve as a lamp or a showpiece for your living room?

If not, rush to Parampara, a handicraft fair at G Town grounds. The fair, which started on Saturday and will end on Wednesday, is being jointly organised by Tata Steel Tribal Cultural Society and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay (IGRMS), Bhopal.

Artefacts made by the Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh are grabbing eyeballs at the expo. The tribe, which earlier used bottle gourds (laukis) to store water, now makes showpieces and lamps out of them. “Our ancestors used the vegetable to store cool water in summer. Now we make decorative pieces from them. We have fixed taps to some of the large gourds so that they can be used to store water,” said Narendra Poyam, a Gond from Bastar.

The craftsmen revealed that they dried laukis in the sun and extracted the pulp to make them hollow. Thereafter, they used a hot iron blade to draw folk art on surface. “We draw animals, humans and trees on the surface of these showpieces,” said Poyam.

The prices start from Rs 150. The Gond craftsmen also showcased decorative pieces and wall hangings made of wrought iron at the fair.


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