Exotic artwork of international artists lends spice to Surajkund Mela
Artists and craftspersons from 20 countries have showcased some of the finest handlooms and handicrafts at the ongoing 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela. At the work huts of Namibia, women from this tiny African nation can be seen crafting cane baskets, leather shoes and earthen pots. Then there is memorabilia and literature of the country that throws light on the culture of the country. Pretty cane containers from Rwanda and black and green stone animal figurines from Zambia are pretty eye-catching.
The work huts from Thailand have something that every woman would like to lap up – silken stoles and scarves, ceramics decoration items, incense sticks, floating candles and a host of accessories. Artisans from Bhutan and Pakistan, under the aegis of SAARC Business
Association of Home Base Workers, are displaying woven handbags, wall hangings and an assortment of products like kurtas, pillow covers and stoles. From Nepal, there are stoles and scarves made from wild nettle found exclusively in the Alpine region of the Himalayan nation.
The presence of Sri Lanka in the Mela is prominent with a number of stalls from the island country. This includes beautiful inlay work paintings by artist Rohith, masks carved out from timber of a tree that offer cure for different ailments by K. Susanta Kumara and G.Y. Ajamtha Rohini, and stone and coconut utensils brought in by Saman Renuka Wijesiri and K.H.H Wijayaratne.
On 6th February, a photography competition will be held for amateur and professional photographers only. Those interested can register on the website of Haryana tourism department i.e. www.haryanatourism.gov.in.