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Surajkund Mela 2016: Arts and crafts from across the globe wooing visitors
Varied cultures and traditions get reflected in the arts and crafts of various countries from across the globe participating in the Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad. The Mela unveils arts and crafts not only of India but also of other nations, offering a truly enriching experience to the visitors.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela showcases some of the most exquisite handlooms with intricate designs and bewitching colours. Handmade fabrics soaked in flamboyant and effervescent colours made by skilful craftspersons promise to adorn the feminism of every women. Those visiting the Mela cannot resist but buy a few pieces of these saris.

One such distinctive handloom of Andhra Pradesh is the kalamkari dress material, dupattas and saris. At stall no. 571, craftsperson S. Bhaskar is a third generation practitioner of kalamkari - an art of hand painting that has been displayed on cotton and silk saris and dupattas. "Kalamkari is done with a pen brush using natural dyes. Typically, the motifs drawn on saris and wall hangings capture the essence of temple architecture and scenes from great epics."

Gadwal saris from Telangana at stall no. 787 are very famous for their fascinating cotton fabric with heavy silk border and pallu saris. A complicated process is involved in making of these silk/cotton saris, their distinctiveness lies in their hand woven authenticity.

Craftsperson Putta Venugopall from Telangana said, "The traditional technique of weaving the Gadwal saris involves a special art of interlocking threads, known as Kupadam, therefore, the Gadwal saris are locally known as Kudapam sari. The fabric of the silk borders is composed of tussar or mulberry silk. The cotton saris are often embellished with silk checks. This fabulous mix of silk and cotton makes for the recent trend."

Intricately carved temple replicas from Nepal

One comes across the works of artisan Nir Bahadur Joshi from Nepal that are intricately carved replicas of Hindu temples located in Nepal and presently exhibited in the international area of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela. Joshi informs that he handcrafts miniatures made from bamboo, plywood and mud of temples in Nepal like Bajrayogini temple in Sankhu, Taleju Temple in Kathmandu, Krishna temple in Patan, Manakamana temple in Gorkha, Pasupati temple in Kathmandu. These intricately crafted replicas start from Rs 2,000 onwards.

Exquisite crafts fascinate one and all

Each of the frames of the national awardee craftsperson Jyotsna from Faridabad speak volumes of the skill that she possesses of making grass leaf reed paintings. Her favourite themes are of Lord Buddha's relaxing pose, Lord Krishna playing flute, elephants, village scene and so on.

Jyotsna, whose entire family practices this art, said, "First I sketch the drawing on handmade sheet preferably black in colour, then I cut the 'sikki' grass sticks into fine pieces and paste them on the sketch with babul tree resin."

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