Poompuhar has organised Crafts Thiruvizha, a 10-day event at JJ Hall here, to showcase the works of 40 artisans.
According to R. Narendra Bose, this is a platform for several artisans to display their work. The fair, which will be on till January 28, hopes to register sales for Rs. 10 lakh. While 50 % of the products on display are textiles, the remaining are handicrafts. Artisans from Moradabad, Andhra Pradesh, Maharasthra, and different parts of Tamil Nadu have displayed art works. Sungudi saris, Mangalagiri cotton saris with vegetable dyes, brass and bronze items, wooden products, and Kancheepuram silk products are some of the items on display.
A roadshow was conducted in Race Course, showcasing some of the art works, on Sunday. The aim is to create awareness among consumers on the products available at Poompuhar, Mr. Bose said.
R. Saravana Kumar from Krishnagiri employs 40 people and engraves designs on plywood. The designs are highlighted using LED lights. The work can be customised too. “I organise drawing competitions for students and the best designs are selected as designs for this work,” he said. Mr. Saravana Kumar is engaged in this kind of wood work for about a year now.
The exhibition is a platform for such upcoming artisans, Mr. Bose said.