A seven-day handicrafts exhibition from Shantiniketan, West Bengal is being organised at YWCA, West Marredpally from August 14 to 20.Organised by a Kolkata-based voluntary organisation, Swayambhar NARI, the exhibition provides a platform to poor artisans who cannot market their products. Close to 20 artisans from Kolkata will be showcasing their handicrafts at the venue.
From handmade bed covers, jute jewellery, jute footwear, designer sarees in cotton, tussar, silk block print, applique, Kantha embroidery, dress materials, dupattas, bed covers, kurtas for men and women, will be some of the highlights at the exhibition.
A collection of Kantha, a popular style of embroidery in West Bengal which displays the skill and talent of rural women there, will be presented as dupatta, saris, dresses, shirts, etc. Swayambhar NARI was started in 1988 essentially for women, but over the years male craftsmen have also joined it. Started as a voluntary group for providing marketing facilities to artisans, it now has more than 1,000 members. The organisation runs two craft schools at Midnapore and Birbhum, Shantiniketan besides schools in rural areas for children of artisans.