Ananda Foundation is organising a Craft Bazar at Saptaparni on 5th and 6th April. Artisans from different parts of Andhra Pradesh, such as East Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Pedana, Srikakulam, Koyyagudam and Kalahasthi, will be displaying Kalamkari works, toys, leather, Andhra weaves, glass paintings, candles, wood carvings, hand-painted fabrics, Tanjavur paintings, oil paintings, traditional Lambadi mirror work and embroidery here. The bazaar also has a lot of handloom saris and dress material.
The exhibition has 10 stalls that consist of various craft items, and they are priced in the range of Rs. 20 to Rs. 2,000. Here is a description of the various products on display:
Kalamkari - fabrics, saris and utility items with traditional designs created using vegetable dyes
Toys - light wooden toys, with non-toxic colors
Andhra weaves - hand-woven fabric, saris, and coordinated sets from East Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Pedana, Srikakulam and Koyyalagudam
Glass paintings - painted designer glass utility items that would enliven and enhance any setting
Candles - handmade, designer, scented, gel and wax candles
Leather - puppets, illuminators and screens
Wood carvings - ethnic, wooden carved panels, dividers and book ends
Hand-painted fabrics - cool summerwear with bold, aesthetic hand paintings
Traditional Lambadi mirrorwork and embroidery - recreated to suit the changing times
Ananda Foundation works towards encouraging arts and crafts as an educative and therapeutic medium. The foundation offers scholarships in the fields of arts and sports, to financially backward students who evince an interest in these areas. This is done to make education more comprehensive, and to focus on other areas that are as important as intellectual learning, but which at present have not been given due recognition.
There is no entry fee, and the timings are 11am to 7pm. The exhibition is on for only two days, so hurry up if you want to get the good ones. Please contact 6666-7707/93910-62452 for further details.