An eight-day-long Sabala Mela started at Acharya Prafulla Chandra Park in Kankurgachi on Friday.
Artisans from different districts have put up their stalls showcasing their arts. They will also sell their wares from these counters.
Sarees like Baluchari, Jamdani, Katha stitch, Jardausi, Butik have been showcased at different stalls of the fair. Bankura’s terracotta and Dokra have been one of the centres of attraction of the fair this year.
The masks made by the tribal people in Purulia will be displayed in the Sabala Mela. Leather goods and items made of burnt clay to decorate room are also there for sale.
Incidentally, it may be mentioned that after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took various steps to uplift the self help groups and also a revamp in the micro and small scale industries as she thought that a large number employments could be generated in this sector. The government came up with markets for the self help groups particularly those run by women. Banerjee also announced micro small scale industries in Santiniketan, the land of which had already been earmarked.
To grow their business, Banerjee also created enough scopes to showcase their handicrafts and sell them through fairs.
Banerjee had launched a Samajik Suraksha Yojona scheme for the self help groups. She also stressed on the revamp of cottage industries in the state for which she had initiated various projects.
She had also requested industrialists to set up small scale units. The state government has some plans so that a market can be created for foreigners.