Crafts mela gets good response

Warangal: A ‘Handloom and Crafts Mela’ being conducted at Public Gardens under the aegis of Jivan Jyothi Rural Development Society has been evoking good response from the public here.

A large number of people in particular the women thronging the place resembled a mini-market where the artisans have displayed the products for sale. Warangal (West) MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhasker has launched the mela on Friday.

The mela would be held till August 12. The MLA lauded the efforts of the society in bringing together the poor artisans and the customers to one place. He called upon the people to support the artisans who are finding it difficult to survive in the wake of globalization.
The society secretary Atin Kumar Jaiswal said there are about 30 stalls offering a wide range of garments, toys, jute bags, home decorative material, artificial jewellery, herbal products, carved wooden item and others.

Etikoppaka toys, Kondapalli toys, rosewood panels, Rudrakshas and Panchaloha jewellery are an added attraction at the crafts mela.
The prices of the products are also within the range of the common people, Jaiswal said.

A complete range of pooja material including the images of deities is also available at the mela. Kalamkari bedsheets, Narasapur laces, Venkatagiri sarees, Mangalagiri dress material, Warangal durries, Jaipur bedsheets, jute bags, Hyderabad pearls are on the offer.

Jaiswal said that they received good response to the mela last year and this year too flow of customers is good. “The people of Warangal encourage us very much,” he added.

The society has been formed with artisans from different backgrounds based at Hyderabad and been organizing exhibitions at major towns Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Kadapa, Nizamabad, Mysore, Mumbai and other places across the country.