Handicrafts exhibition at Royal Gardens1 min read
Udupi: Organised by the Indian Craft Expo, an exhibition with handicrafts from various parts of the country, is being held in Royal Gardens, Udupi from 26 August till 21 September.
The exhibition acts as a platform for the artisans to address the market directly. Lucknow, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir and Rajasthan are some of the states selling their wares at the exhibition. Maintaining ethnicity, the sellers have kept their best creations in jute, kantha , khadi, to name a few. Drawn to the kantha work handicraft bags from Kolkata and the khadi sets from Uttar Pradesh, Sheikh Irfan from Karkala says ‘The price of every product is quite reasonable. I will be coming again next week.’
Chikan work kurtis in a variety of colours have also been displayed by the sellers from Lucknow. The kurtis are made by children from small villages in Lucknow itself. ‘It is very strenuous to the eyes of the children, yet the poverty in the village compels them to work for money’, said Raju Moury, one of the sellers. It takes roughly six months to make one kurti, which is then sold everywhere from Lucknow to Bangalore.
However, despite having products representing almost every state and culture in India, the exhibitors state that they are undergoing a huge loss due to the weather. ‘We are facing problems selling our items as not many customers are to be seen due to the heavy rains.’
They feel that road leading to the exhibition is also uneven and muddy, which is another problem in the way. However, although the start was not satisfying, they seem optimistic that customers would increase in the coming days, especially during the weekend.