The Central Cottage Industries Emporium, located in Janpath Lane in Connaught Place has been home to Indian artifacts and handicrafts for many years now. It is known for putting up exhibitions and sales that offer products made by Indian artisans.
But it was a year back, in October 2011 that the management decided to try out something innovative by organising theme-based exhibitions cum sales. This time around, to welcome the monsoon, they have come up with an exhibition cum sale titled, Sarang, where they have launched a new collection of products based on the theme of the peacock.
This includes bed spreads like kantha silk bed sheets (Rs 20,000 onwards) that take three months to complete. There are also paintings from Rajasthan and Bihar, pottery from Khurja, jewellery and lamps at the venue.
But what is really eye-catching at the exhibition is the saree section. With the peacock as the background, the sarees have some beautiful designs. You can choose from hand-painted chanderi sarees from Jaipur, which are available in different colours and designs. There are also some hand-printed sarees that are available in malmal and cotton.
“The procedure to make these sarees is as unique as the final product,” says Bhavna Sharma of Cottage Emporium. “For printing, the artisans first carve the design on a block. They then print it on cloth at least thrice to get the final result,” she adds.
The exhibition also has a section put up in collaboration with the Fashion Design council of India, (FDCI). It has collections by two designers — Rohit Bal and Anju Modi, whose outfits are inspired by the peacock. While Bal is displaying kurtas with peacock prints, Modi has put up long flowy dresses.
Catch it here
Sarang, a Peacock theme exhibition/sale
Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, Janpath, Opposite McDonald’s
Nearest Metro Station:
Rajeev Chowk on the yellow/blue Line