States Pavilions steal the show at CII Chandigarh Fair

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NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Interesting artifacts and handicrafts from hundreds of artisans from UP, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Goa on display at the States pavilion is getting tremendous response in the ongoing CII Chandigarh Fair at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, on till 9th November.

UP, which is participating for the first time has also caught the fancy of tricity women. Its special handcrafted ‘Madhubani’ light weight tussar silk sarees with Kalankari work are priced between Rs 4000 to 6000. Its specialty is that it is made of the insect cocoon. UP’s special chadri silk, tussar cotton suits and khadi kurtis and dupattas priced at Rs 500 – Rs 700 are in huge demand as well.

UP’s another attraction is its special handicrafts, handlooms, Sankheda furniture, dress materials, suits, sarees, shawls, wooden decoration items made of vegetable dye and silk patola in Dabadhka Prints and Azrakh Prints.

Goa –

Goa’s pavilion has attracted huge crowds for its beautiful Coconut lamp shades made of coconut outer covering. Priced at Rs 250 – Rs 800, these can be packed if one is going out of station and these are absolutely unbreakable. Its other special handicrafts and decorative articles are also in huge demand.

In addition, Goa’s wooden carvings, incense sticks, Tanjore art plates made of pure silver and brass, artificial jewellery, bed covers and pure cotton suits and pure silk sarees with gold or silver coating and made of natural dyes have been a hit as well. These are priced between Rs 4000 to Rs 35,000.

Rajasthan –

Another key attraction is unparallel range of art and handicrafts from Rajasthan with some very artistic stone-cladded aarti thalis, besides mesmerising ear rings, coconut bowls, cutlery pen-stands, Marble statues, salt and pepper dispensers. Pickles, papads and some sweets and savouries like gachak and mongra are tempting the taste buds of visitors.

Ranging between a nominal price of Rs 250 to 350, these thalis are must buy for Diwali. Many other Meenakari items like chauki, pendants and earrings are also a hit. These items have been especially made by Shree Nathodwara Gramin Dastkar Society, which is supported by Rural Non Farm Development Agency (RUDA) and is providing employment to 371 people.

If you are fond of Rajasthani Kota Sarees and dress material then stall of Kota Women Weaver Organization from Ketun Village Rajasthan, has a lot of value for money stuff for you. Talking about the exclusive Kota gold Saree, Sales Representative, Ms Hasina Bano said, “For the first time ever in Chandigarh, we have brought selective pieces of Kota gold thread sarees. The specialty of this saree is that it can be re-sold to any jeweler at half-the price after wearing it as many times you want.”

West Bengal –

West Bengal State Export Promotion Society from Kolkata are showcasing their wooden carvings & sculptures, utensils, artificial flowers, decorative showpieces, jute bags, crystal necklaces, Uiis cotton katha suits etc.

Its special kashmiri stich suits, priced at Rs 4,000 are most sought after ones. It takes them one year to complete one suit.

Dipak Mondal, a Cane Busket Producer from Kriparampur Village in West Bengal has brought a variety of sola, palm and Cane flower sticks and jute and Cotton flower swings, which are being especially liked by children.

Their most expensive products include block orientations of Dr. Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Ambedkar and many more. Priced at Rs 375 to Rs 5000, their block orientations of GODs, animals and several human figures are another highlight.

In all, The States pavilion is really attracting crowds big-time. “Rajasthan & West Bengal is a highly artistic state with a rich folk art culture,” says Rupa, a visitor, who is a Bengali herself. Their wonderful artistic products are quite unique as well,” she felt.

UCO Bank has launched a smart Kids Scheme which allows accounts for minors above 10 years of the age, Zero Balance account, 2 free cheque books per year, Personalised ATM card, Net Banking Facility, on the spot account opening.

As usual, the International Arcade was also jampacked too. Exclusive range of home appliances from ChicagoUSA have also added spark to the fest, in addition to special quilts and blankets from Korea and carpets, handicrafts, utility items, home decoration furniture & furnishings, special dry fruits etc from UAE, and Thailand.

Thailand’s special lampshades, decoration pieces, flowers, ladies’ purses, butterfly hairclips, keychains etc really mesmerised the Chandigarhians.

Huge queries were generated In Realcon show where Chandigarh City Center, GBP, SBP Homes, JLPL, ATS, Emaar MGF, Sushma Towers, WWICS, Maya Garden, DLF, Burj One, Bee Gee Buildtec, TDI, Omaxe, Escon Arena etc launched their premium and affordable housing and commercial projects.