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Kamala heralds December with a special Christmas Bazaar

Kamala heralds December with a special Christmas Bazaar

India Blooms News Service | | 13 Dec 2016, 02:34 pm
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IBNS): With Christmas just around the corner, Kamala (the retail outlet of the Crafts Council of India) is holding a colourful Christmas Bazaar at Kolkata's ICCR until Dec 17.

The exhibition includes garments, accessories, gift items, and even stationery on  display, with prices varying between Rs 40 and Rs 10,000.

Most of the items have been sourced from the rural artisans all over the country, including Assam, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.

Many of the products are hand painted or handmade, thus adding to their value, said a spokesperson.

{image_1}Among textiles, there are hand woven Tassar sarees in vivid hues sourced from Bengal, Bihar, Assam etc.

Other than this, Nooni and cotton sarees by famous designer Anuradha Pegu are also on display.

Muga Net sarees, plain Eri sarees, Chanderi sarees and hand woven printed sarees from Bhagalpur are showcased too.

The exhibition also has an exhaustive variety of stoles, shawls and mufflers ranging from pashmina, woollen shawls from Kilmora to Eri Ahimsa silk dupattas, 'eri' silk stoles to stoles made of soft wool sourced from Australia.

{image_2}A new addition to this exhibition is blue pottery, mostly comprising home utility items such as bowls, vases and urlis in hand painted blue pattern.

Other prducts include gift boxes, wooden trays, bottles, bread baskets, cake tins and stands, letter boxes, diaries and notepads, copper bowls, lacquered wooden toys and even traditional board games made of wood.

Jewellery too is on display, for the ones who love their earrings and neck-pieces.

Alosie Deubler, shopping at Kamala for the first time said, "I had heard about this exhibition at the German Consulate and I’m quite impressed. There is a vast range of articles of very high quality and I think it was really worth coming here. Since I’m a foreigner and I haven’t been in India for a very long time, everything seems very exciting and exotic for me. But I am quite keen on buying some traditional handicrafts, something that can be cherished. I am also interested in the jewellery. I might buy a saree as a souvenir perhaps, but since I am a foreigner, sarees are not really very comfortable for me.”

Sharmee Roy, who was also shopping for Christmas said, "This is not the first time I’ve come here to shop. I visit Kamala during their Puja exhibition too. Today, it is all about buying gifts for friends and family who all come down as its December, and Christmas too.  I have picked up a 'muga' stole for myself which I’m planning to wear at Christmas and some trays for the dining table as gifts. For the children at home, I’ve bought some of the toys here, which are extremely interesting, plus they’re lead-free too.”

(Reporting by Tanushree Sen, IBNS)