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Luring citizens, the leather way

LEATHER ITEMS never become outdated. From a wallet to a jacket, fashion connoisseurs have always shown an inclination towards creating something extraordinary out of leather. In the 'Sharad Mela' being organised at North Central Zone Cultural Centre, leather has again acquired a unique shape to lure the citizens.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 00:24 IST

LEATHER ITEMS never become outdated. From a wallet to a jacket, fashion connoisseurs have always shown an inclination towards creating something extraordinary out of leather. In the 'Sharad Mela' being organised at North Central Zone Cultural Centre, leather has again acquired a unique shape to lure the citizens.

Camel leather has been used to give shape to the items like centre table, stools, side table, show pieces, key rings etc. For the first time, the craftsmen from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, have put up their stalls in the city. The owner of the stall Harsha Mishra said, the order for camel leather is basically placed from Hyderabad and Kanpur. Harsha and her husband Shailesh Mishra have been in this trade for the past ten years.

"The procedure of making the items is not so simple. First we have to prepare the iron frame of the item we are planning to make. Then fibre is used to cover the frame after which the leather is used to cover it. Afterwards oil paint is used as shading and revealing other designs on the item," she added.

It is hard to take one's eyes off the items. The lower portion of the centre tables are given the shapes of elephants, horses, deers on which the glass is placed carefully. Thus the stand is visible from the outside which further enhances its beauty.

"We have every item. Starting from a key ring costing Rs 10 to a centre table costing as much as Rs 3000, we have a wide range of products. We also have the showpieces especially in animal shapes," she added.

It is, however, very easy to maintain them. For the first six months, there is no need for any extra care except dusting. Afterwards it becomes vital to use the leather polish for shining and saving it from harmful effects of weather changes.

"We have been to most of the exhibitions organised in every nook and corner of the country and we received overwhelming response in the metro cities. In Indore we also run an organisation where several others are also associated with the same trade," added Harsha. "We are receiving an average response here and hope that the sale would soar as more and more people come to know about our unique items," she added.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 00:24 IST