October 28, 2018 07:04 PM

Chandigarh (Sanjana Jindal)

CII Chandigarh Fair 2018 being held at Parade Ground here is eliciting very good response from the visitors. One of the major attractions at the Fair is the stall set up by the Government of Uttarakhand. 

The pristine beauty of the State of Uttarakhand is no secret, but what is less known is the exquisite craftsmanship of the state’s artisans in handloom and handicraft articles. 

The traditional woollen coat of Uttarakhand is also available at the Fair. The speciality of the coat is that it is made of sheep wool – Marino. It is in huge demand by visitors. Its woollen shawls, sweaters, jackets, mufflers and cardigans for male and female buyers are priced between Rs 900 to Rs 15,000. 

Kurtis and dresses for kids with traditional handicraft from Uttarakhand is another hit at the Fair. The Department has brought natural cereals, pulses, wheat flour, grains, spices, edible oils, herbs and even different varieties of organic tea.“It is the third day and we have sold almost all our stock. Visitors are loving organic pulses and vegetables grown in the hill state. People are becoming more inclined towards organic food items considering their health benefits. We are extremely happy with the kind of response we have received at CII Chandigarh Fair, which is very encouraging,” said Mr Sanjeev Bisht, a representative at the stall.   

HAND-PAINTED T-SHIRTS FROM WEST BENGAL CATCH EYEBALLS AT CII CHANDIGARH FAIR: Interesting artefacts and handicrafts from West Bengal on display at the States of India Pavilion is getting tremendous response at the CII Chandigarh Fair 2018 which is on till 29th October 2018 at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh. 

Hand-painted dupattas and T-Shirts from West Bengal are a big hit this year. “Visitors have really liked hand-painted dupattas and suits and we have sold all our unstitched kurtis and are out-of-stock,” said an artisan. Dupattas and Tshirts are priced between Rs 550 and Rs 650 while kurtis are priced between Rs 600 and Rs 800. 

“Artisans from District Krishnanagar are showcasing hand-made clay dolls depicting human figures, idols of Hindu religion, and great men of India. The unique feature of these sculptures is that the artisans are very particular about the display of human anatomy,” said a Senior Official from West Bengal State Export Promotion Society. 

Priced between Rs 50 and Rs 2,500, copper ornaments from West Bengal are another highlight.Ornaments made of Dokra are the most hot-selling products at the West Bengal stalls. Dokra is an ancient form of metallurgy and the ornaments are made after melting metal. 

Special hand-stitched suits and sarees, priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 7000 are most sought-after ones. It takes them one year to complete one suit. Artisans have brought a variety of sola, palm and cane flower sticks and jute and Cotton flower swings, which are being especially liked by children.  

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