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Colour the town silver

entertainment Updated: Feb 28, 2010 02:18 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

This one is not an ordinary

pichkari

— it’s worth Rs 20,000. Surprised? Well, it’s a pichkari made out of real silver and is available at some of the leading jewellery stores in the city.



“We sell up to 100 such pieces every year around Holi. The prices vary from Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000 depending on the size of the

pichkari

”, says Nitin Verma of N.K. Jewelers, Mehrauli.



Many people have a tradition of presenting this beautifully crafted silver

pichkari

as a

shagun

to their close friends and relatives. Others usually buy them as gifts for loved ones. “I bought a silver pichkari to bring in my daughter’s first Holi after her marriage. It was presented as shagun from our side to her in-laws,” says Madhu Gupta, a homemaker.



The

pichkari

is functional, and not a mere collector’s item. “Silver does not hold on to any kind of colours, so you can use

gulal

or any other colour while playing Holi with this

pichkari

,” explains Rajesh Abrol of Hira Lal Jewelers.