The Gujarat Handicrafts Development Board, in association with the Gurjari handicrafts showroom at Sarovar Plaza in Saifabad, is organising the Gujarat Handicrafts Exhibition, from 6th to 15th August, at the Viswesvaraya Bhavan, Khairatabad.
About 50 stalls have been set up at the venue, with wares from various parts of Gujarat and Saurashtra. The handloom readymades and dress material are available in different shades of dark colors, but are a bit on the expensive side. There are salwars, kurtas, long skirts, lehengas and ghagra-cholis. A couple of stalls also have some stocks of handloom shirts.
Some stalls also deal in hand-made cloth handbags, small purses, oven mirror-work saris, Gandhi ashram khadi cotton and ethnic block print Punjabi suits, panchloha bells and chimes, Gujarati wool shawls, terracota, stone sculpture, leather hats, decorative hand-made curtains of beads and stones, and jute jhoolas (swings). There are also live demonstrations of wood sculpting by artistes from Saurashtra.
Among the highlights of this exhibition are the blankets and bedsheets. There are many colorful handloom bedsheets, both single and double, to choose from. The prices here are more friendly than those at the garments section, ranging from Rs. 300 for a printed to Rs. 800 for a handwork bedsheet.
The entry to the exhibition is free. Please contact 2324-0149 for further details.