On Thursday the 1st of January, the fourth edition of Rajasthan Grameen Mela was inaugurated in Chennai, Kalakshetra. The exhibition will last until Pongal and offers different products from traditional lamps to jewellery from Rajasthan. Handcrafts are the undisputed protagonists of the exhibition and new kind of objects have been added, increasing the range of products on offer.
Mahaveer Jain, secretary, Rajasthan Arts and Crafts, talked in enthusiastic tones about the exhibition. According to him, all the sarees presented at the event are handmade and have been created by around 45 artisans. The collection of sarees included the different typical styles from Rajasthan, like Sambalpur, bandhini and ikat: above this, khadi kurtas for men are to be displayed and people have the chance to customise their products and ask the artisans to modify the items they want. Moreover a peculiarity for this exhibition is the presence of a tribal group from Rajasthan, which brought different products made using Dokra art.
However, the exhibition is not just about dresses. Indeed, people can choose between several jewelleries, whether they were made with precious stones, semi-precious ones, or crystal and wood-carved made, that could be changed for the specific customer according to his requests.
Source: The Hindu