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Cane and Able

Jagmeeta Thind Joy

Handicrafts from the eight northeastern states find pride of place in this fair

If a trip to the northeastern part of the country is not on your travel plans yet, then it is time you made the most of this. The North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation, a Government of India enterprise, has set up a North East Crafts Bazaar in Sector 34. The exhibition brings in a range of handicrafts and fabrics culled from the eight northeastern states of the country.

One of the items available in plenty is cane furniture— sofa sets, stools, tables and chairs handmade by artisans from the region. The furniture is priced upwards Rs 500 and the designs range from cutesy round moodas (stools) to lounge chairs.

To give visitors an insight into the art of weaving cane, artisans have been brought along to give live demonstrations. Artists adept at the use of cane and bamboo put together baskets, trays, plant holders, pen stands and even home decor products as visitors admire their skill. Prices are pocket-friendly, starting as low as Rs 30.

When it comes to fabrics, Assam silk is known for its textures and weave patterns. Here, one can choose from the likes of the traditional Mekhla chadar or hand-woven fabrics flaunting tribal designs from Nagaland. There is also a range of woven bedspreads, carpets, Manipur silk and cotton sarees at hand. The products are priced from Rs 200 and beyond.

At the fair, you will also find pretty bags, water bottle holders and even office satchels woven out of jute. But do not be disappointed at the uniform dun colour— the products haven’t been dyed to retain their natural charm. The water bottle holders are priced at Rs 70 while the cane bags are between Rs 150 to 350. Another bestseller are the bouquet of artificial flowers made from dried rose petals, wild mushroom, soft cane, maize corn, field brush grass and soft wood shavings, priced between Rs 5 to Rs 30 for a stem. Also finding space are handloom fabrics, Tanjore paintings, kidswear and pottery from other states.

The exhibition is on till April 27 at Sector 34-A grounds from 10 am to 8 pm. Jagmeeta Thind Joy

Handicrafts from the eight northeastern states find pride of place in this fair

If a trip to the northeastern part of the country is not on your travel plans yet, then it is time you made the most of this. The North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation, a Government of India enterprise, has set up a North East Crafts Bazaar in Sector 34. The exhibition brings in a range of handicrafts and fabrics culled from the eight northeastern states of the country.

One of the items available in plenty is cane furniture— sofa sets, stools, tables and chairs handmade by artisans from the region. The furniture is priced upwards Rs 500 and the designs range from cutesy round moodas (stools) to lounge chairs.

To give visitors an insight into the art of weaving cane, artisans have been brought along to give live demonstrations. Artists adept at the use of cane and bamboo put together baskets, trays, plant holders, pen stands and even home decor products as visitors admire their skill. Prices are pocket-friendly, starting as low as Rs 30.

When it comes to fabrics, Assam silk is known for its textures and weave patterns. Here, one can choose from the likes of the traditional Mekhla chadar or hand-woven fabrics flaunting tribal designs from Nagaland. There is also a range of woven bedspreads, carpets, Manipur silk and cotton sarees at hand. The products are priced from Rs 200 and beyond.

At the fair, you will also find pretty bags, water bottle holders and even office satchels woven out of jute. But do not be disappointed at the uniform dun colour— the products haven’t been dyed to retain their natural charm. The water bottle holders are priced at Rs 70 while the cane bags are between Rs 150 to 350. Another bestseller are the bouquet of artificial flowers made from dried rose petals, wild mushroom, soft cane, maize corn, field brush grass and soft wood shavings, priced between Rs 5 to Rs 30 for a stem. Also finding space are handloom fabrics, Tanjore paintings, kidswear and pottery from other states.

The exhibition is on till April 27 at Sector 34-A grounds from 10 am to 8 pm.