Featuring a tortoise that doesn't leak oil but breathes fire. And, did we forget - saunf. Plus, of course, all the staple.
With Sankranti round the corner, Lepakshi Handicrafts is organising an exhibition of handicrafts and handlooms from 4th January, at the Maithri Vihar complex, Ameerpet. More than 100 stalls have come-up displaying saris, dress material, tapestry and bed covers in the handloom section, and wall hangings, paintings, showpieces, key chains, marble statues, brass and copper ware in the handicrafts section.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is a tortoise ceramic lamp. It has a hole beneath through which oil is filled. There is no lid to it, and due to suction pressure, the oil doesn't leak at all. A wick is placed in the mouth of the tortoise and is ignited.
A must at all Lepakshi exhibitions are the Kondapalli and Etikoppaka toys. To give a competition to these are toys from the West Bengal. Then there are the artificial jewelry items such as garnet necklaces, jewelry from semi-precious stones, pearls, ear and finger rings, attracting girls and women.
Flavored betel nuts, saffron, sweetened and flavoured saunf, mouth freshners, digestive pills and churans from Rajasthan are worth a buy. There are some stalls displaying handloom dress material and hand-printed readymades, and about 20 stalls with handloom saris from Sambalpur, West Bengal, Gadwal, Venkatagiri, Narayanpet and Pochampally.
There are no entry charges, and the exhibition is open to the public from 10:00am to 9:00pm on all days till 14th January. Please contact Lepakshi at 2781-4729 for further details.