Chandigarh, December 3: While the popularity of 4th Chandigarh Crafts Mela is being revved up day by day, the footfalls have increased tremendously at kalagram. The morning ambience was very cozy, attracting the various age groups especially the NRI’s and housewives to explore the beautiful ethnic Mela. Various schools from outside the tricity are also visiting this Mela. The major attraction of the Crafts Mela is the textile and fabrics of the settled area of Kutch in Gujarat , Banaras, Rajasthan, Lucknow, Kashmir, Punjab, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Meerut etc. Despite the diversity and culture, across the country, the vibrancy and colours of fabrics and textiles runs across all types of fabrics and textiles at this Crafts Mela.
Rajasthani stall by Artist Mulla Ram has the myriad colored fabric that catches the eye of the visitors. In these textile and fabric, the bright and cheerful greens, blues, reds, pinks and the gold used for overprinting (Khan Work) are available in the form of cushions, wall hangings, table cloth, duppattas , kurtas and bag etc
The fabrics and designs are showcased at the Gujarati stall by Artist Sajid khatri ,National awardee in Chandigarh National Crafts Mela is rooted in its tradition. There are magnificent tie and dye shawls in every imaginable colour and motif , the timeless Bandhini and Patola shawls in exquisite designs, Kaleidoscopic colors are here for the coming winters. Tie dye wool shawls stoles are great for everyday use. These shawls are made of rough wool. The main colors used in the tie dye of this region are yellow, green, red, indigo and black. According to a visitor, Shreya Attri, These shawls go very well with jeans trousers and make great casual dress. These shawls ranges from Rs 350 to Rs Rs 12,000.
More than eight stalls from UP State have excellent variety of Banarasi Sarees, dress materials , suits and even Silk bed sheet which are a major attraction for women and youngsters There are various styles in Jamdani Banarasi sarees, Silk sarees, Kantha Motif silk, Gyasar Brocade, Pahuri work,Karuwa script saree, Chanderi saree, Jamwar Pahuro Saree. These hand made sarees are woven by National awardees which are available in the price ranging from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 and above for premium collections also.
The kashmiri stalls by Artist Mansoor Ahmed are having vinbrant coloured woollens of sheep wool and even yak wool.The semi pashmina shawls with other major textile crafts as Kashmiri firhan, shawls, tweed and silk and woollen based costumes.The main attraction is pashmina kani shawl
Our own Punjabi traditional fabric Phulkaris fabric is displayed in Crafts village which is attracting large no of visitors to buy phulkari stoles, suits, duputtas are made of a special embroidery with fabric popularly known as a technique called as Phulkari. This art has its roots in Punjab and is widely used in Pakistan too. Handcrafted phulkaris come in traditional color.The special attraction for this Winter is woollen phulkari mirrow work suits.
Hand-block printing is mostly done in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Bavasars (as the community is known as ) mainly use natural colours . sarees and suits in various folk styles are available with usuage of thread and animal designs.
With shopping and exploring the Mela, the visitors are staying on for colorful cultural day performances and visitors thronging to the food court..