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Bali yatra boon for home decor

Cuttack, Nov. 14: The Bali yatra fair is now proving to be a boon for those who want to decorate their houses with modern as well as antique items.

A large number of kiosks selling intricately crafted wooden home décor products are drawing huge crowds at the fair.

Starting from miniature and life size boats, musical instruments, sundials and wooden ties are on display at the kiosks at Bali yatra. The artisans from Kalahandi and Bengal are doing brisk business at the fair.

“Usually, products which are not easily available are in demand. This is the first time that we have set up a kiosk at Bali yatra and the response is overwhelming,” said Pallab Pal, an artisan from Bengal.

The antique finish given to wooden craft items gives them a royal look. However, the prices are much lower than those found at showrooms.

“Most of the products look like antiques. They would definitely add a classy touch to the interiors. Therefore, I have decided to buy the beautifully crafted boats,” Abhishek Nanda, a visitor.

Another visitor, Sumit Ghose said that the showpiece in shape of a wooden tie was in fashion these days. “It is an unique design for a showpiece and hence I picked one up,” said Ghose.

According to the artisans, teak and neem wood was extensively used to make the products. After cutting the logs as per requirement, the piece was coated with ‘melamine’, a synthetic yet non-toxic paint.

“The price of the wooden products starts from Rs100 and goes up to Rs 6,000. As all the products made from seasonal wood, they are durable and are now being extensively used for interior decoration,” said Bajrang Moharana, member of Nilamadhav self-help group in Kalahandi.

“It is our traditional business and this is for the second time we have set up a kioskat Bali yatra. We had conducted good business last year and are hoping things will go well this time also. “The entire carving is done manually,” he said.

Be it wooden sculptures of Lord Ganesha or miniatures of elephants or bulls, one can get a carved wooden product for only Rs 100, while the cost of larger size products can go up to Rs 14,000.

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