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Experience mini India at Valluvar Kottam expo

Jan '07
A 10-day exhibition-cum-sale started at the Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, on 11 January 2007, was inaugurated by Finance Minister, K Anbazhagan.

About 150 artisans from all over the country are displaying utility items, handicrafts, handlooms and decorative pieces.

Madhubani paintings of Bihar, phulkari from Punjab, tie and dye and bead work from Rajasthan, Zari Zutti from Haryana, Worli paintings and leather chappals from Maharashtra are creating interest among people.

Stuffed toys and appliqué work from Gujarat, leather items and lac bangles from Madhya Pradesh, chikan embroidery, cut-glass jewellery, carpets, and art metal works from Uttar Pradesh, pattachitra and silver filigree work from Orissa, cane and bamboo and dry flower items from the northeastern States are also being displayed in the exhibition.

The Southern states are showcasing wood and stone carvings, bronze icons, wood inlay items, terracotta, papier mache, batik and natural fibre products at the expo.

According to P Sundaramurthi, Regional Director, Handicrafts, the export of this category rose from Rs5,058 crore in 1998-99 to Rs14,527 crore during 2005-06.

There is a huge demand of Indian handicrafts in the countries like US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and the Middle East.

The exhibition is organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, and the Development Commissioner, Handicrafts, at the Gandhi ShilpBazaar.

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