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Surajkand handicraft fair grabs global eyeballs
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Feb '10
The internationally acclaimed, 24th Surajkund Crafts Mela, the annual textile and handicraft festival which begun on February 1 at Surajkund in Faridabad is magnetizing people to visit the exhibition. The fair being one of the major events of its kind in the country is to go on till February 15.

Over 400 Indian artisans, from 23 States across the country are here to exhibit their unique products encompassing finest silk and cotton handloom textile and handicraft characterizing its origin. The product range covers handloom textile, dress material, pottery, paintings, leather goods, stone and wooden sculptures, jewellery, and much more. Each line of product apart from being rural is also attributed with ethnicity.

Diverse products right from cotton handloom saris from Sambalpur of Orissa, Karnataka's silk handloom saris and dress material, kantha saris of West Bengal, goat leather lampshades, wall hangings and stone and wooden sculptures of Andhra Pradesh and bamboo items of north-eastern states, to silken carpets of Kashmir are all available under one roof.

Rajasthani being the central theme this year and people willing to shop can search for well known blue pottery of Jaipur; "lakh" and pearl jewelries, well characterizing the State's uniqueness; puppets, and also "bandhej" (tie and dye) fabric; rugs; Rajasthani quilts and bed covers or traditional leather Mojri juttis (shoes).

Initially we are receiving good response and hope that it will perk up as the fair moves on, award winning artisan Nazeer Muhammed Usmanji who has come all the way from Jodhpur and represents the "Bandhej" stall, informed.

The artisans are not only promoted by means of fair but it has also advanced them an opportunity to trade their products while encouraging tourism. Owing to the global feel achieved by the event the number of visitors is expected to rise as against previous year when around 700,000 people visited the fair.

Participants from various countries like Egypt, Thailand, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bhutan and Nepal have also raised stalls at the event to showcase their finest art, craft and legacy. A Sri Lankan team is paying a special visit to the fair to gain knowledge for organizing such a gigantic fair, in order to endorse their artisans and their craft.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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