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Friday , March 14 , 2014
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Sikki work & Assam goodies on sale at fair

Embroidery from the west and bamboo handicrafts from the east have arrived in the city to help residents decorate their homes.

Gandhi Shilpa Bazaar has set up shop at Gandhi Maidan from March 7. A 10-day event, the fair is being visited by a lot of people. On sale are embroidery work from Gujarat, bamboo work from Assam and sikki handicraft from Bihar.

Three graduates from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, have set up a stall too. The group — Sunny Gupta, Aakash Singh and Prashant — has brought to the fair wall hangings and photo frames with rural work, scenic views and figures made in sikki (handicrafts made from a special kind of grass found in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh) work.

Aakash said: “We are trying to promote our culture and art. Works on a new bride going to her in-laws’ home on the wedding palki (palanquin), Buddha after attaining enlightenment and Lord Ram and Hanuman are available at our stall.”

The graduates’ stall has caught the attention of the people visiting the fair with their sikki work. Minute and labourious work goes into making the handicraft items that range between Rs 200 (for a Lord Ganesh wall hanging) and Rs 9,500 (a bride in a rural setting)

Sunny said: “We came up with the designs and then got the works done.”

Rekha Modi, a visitor at the fair, said: “I was extremely impressed with their work. Coming to the fair was a nice experience as people from various regions have put up their stalls here.”

The fair, which would end on March 16, has been organised by Vikas Ayukt (Hastshilp), Union textile ministry.

One of the stall-owners at the fair is Abdul Jalil who has come to Patna from Assam. He had earlier come for the Saras Mela. With a bamboo handicrafts stall, Jalil said: “I have brought lampshades and fruit baskets.”

Yogesh from Gujarat is in the business for seven to eight years. He has brought bed sheets, cushion covers among other home decorations.