Handicraft exhibition at the ongoing 18th National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University ground has lots to offer but the bamboo-work gripped the attention of visitors at the exhibition.
States such as West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Mizoram brought bamboo creativity to Ludhiana. The items made of bamboo were artistically crafted. The bamboo lantern was one of the examples of the many artistic work displayed at the exhibition.
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"I loved the concept of the bamboo lantern, its traditional look, artistic design," said Ananya, a visitor.
The Abdul N Ali from Assam said that bamboo is in abundance in their state and thus many people are engaged making different utility items of this. There was wide range of items made of bamboo ranging from table mat, flower vas, serving utensils etc. Even the wind chime and hair accessories made of bamboo were in the list.
Bipul Chandra Basak from West Bengal was excited over the response on bamboo items. He said people here were loving the things. Madhubani paintings and other decorative items also attracted the people. Renu Chaudhary, who hails from Madhubani, Bihar, said they designed these things from a special grass named 'Sikki', which is done very minutely.
Colourful baju band and hair clips from Karnataka, crystal work from Firozabad, clay items from Odisha, Kolhapuri sandals and Rajasthani print and colorful turbans were also adding glitter to this all-state exhibition.
"There are so many things to buy, ranging from a small item to a big one. Most of which are unique in some way or the other," said Raavi Batra, a resident of Model Town.
Kerala artist makes smallest mat out of bamboo
A Kerala artist PT James brought a mat made of bamboo, which was only 3 by 2 inches in size. He said that he had the curiosity to experiment with new things. The mat is minutely crafted and he was in queue to register for the Guinness Book of World Records. He also made a small ring, having a circumference like that of a big needle point. He made it from the shell of a coconut.