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Vaishali Bhambri , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 28, 2013
While the city is hosting a number a monsoon festivals, there’s this fair that aims at promoting the spirit of Indian craftsmanship. The ongoing Cottage Craft Mela features a variety of traditional and cultural displays from different Indian states. “We organise this mela twice a year. We want people to appreciate the works of Indian craftsmen, including national and state awardees,” says Alka Arora, managing director, Cottage Emporium.

The exhibit is showcasing trendy ready-to-wear dress fabrics, Chanderi, Maheshwari and Bandhani sarees and dupattas, Kashmiri jackets and shawls in exquisite designs and colours.

The good part: the stuff is affordable. “People have this view that goods at such fairs are often very high priced. But our costs are controlled by government emporiums, hence they are much lower than others,” says Arora.

From Gujarat, there will be accessories such as sequins work clutches, hand bags, note books, jewellery boxes in zari, bead work and patch work ranging between Rs350-Rs1,200. Handmade book marks, notebooks, gift tags, carry bags, letterpad sets, envelopes, gold and silver plated pen sets priced between Rs20 to Rs1200, will also be featured, along with alass and brass artifacts (Rs200-Rs13,000) and jewellery from Jaipur.

A highlight of the mela will be wooden Channapatna toys from Bengaluru, depicting rural life. “We usually collect stuff from different sources and sell it at the emporia. But through this mela, we want to promote direct trade for them,” says Arora.

Also watch out for exclusive furniture and handicrafts.

Visit here
Cottage Craft Mela
On Till: On till August 31
Where: Shilpi Haat, Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place
Timings: 10am-7pm