The national bird is the focus of a new exhibition in the city. Ringing in the monsoons, Sarang, which began at the Jawahar Byapar Bhawan in Janpath, has peacock as the reverberating theme.
The exhibition displays everything from saris, shawls, furniture, accessories, carpets, silver artefacts, metal-ware, wooden handicrafts from across the country — all with the peacock motif.
There are sculptures of gods and goddesses like Ganesha, Krishna, Buddha in carved wood, marble and even metals. Also available are figurines of animals like camels an elephants and accessories like combs and hair-clips carved out of rosewood, teak and sandalwood. When there, don’t miss the micro rice carvings of Ram Darbar which take 30 months to complete.
There are paintings from different parts of the country papier mache items from Kashmir, Dokra from Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, figures of peacocks and human figurines. Each piece is specially crafted with heavy detailing.
The handcrafted bell metal articles from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh, handicraft items made from bone from Delhi and Agra, stone dust vases and hand-embroidered cushion covers from the city are hard to miss.
From down south, there are Tanjore paintings, specially designed wooden panels and also furniture like heavily hand-crafted dressing tables, stools and chairs. The cutlery and utensils made of white metal or with gold plating done on them are good buys. Prices start at around Rs 800 and go up to a few thousands.
Among paintings, there is a wide range on sale. There are miniature paintings from the Mughal era, Thangkas [an ancient form of Tibetan scroll painting depicting Tibetan theology and the life of Buddha], Phad Mewar folk paintings from Rajasthan, which bring alive the local heroes Pabuji and Devnarayan in the form of art.
You can’t miss the colourful and highly decorative Madhubani paintings from Bihar which have images of women and stories from The Ramayana painted on them. Some also talk of auspicious symbols of fertility.
Then there are the tribal-themed Warli paintings depicting their social life and their surroundings, with men, animals and trees forming a rhythmic pattern.
Also on sale are weapons like daggers adorned in pure silver and gold with unique designs carved on them, caskets, decorative home décor items, chess boards with metal carvings. There are also hand-sculpted reproductions in sandstone, where one can see the imitations of Khajuraho temple sculptures like Shalbhanjika Apsara Bust, which was moulded in hard red sandstone.
The exhibition also roped in mainstream fashion designers like Anju Modi and Rohit Bal. Ensembles created by them are also on sale. There are kurtis, anarkalis, lehenga skirts, salwars among others. The exhibition has also brought together clothes from across the country. There are also colourful clutches and bags.
‘The next time we are planning to rope in more designers, especially interior designers and also provide a platform for budding designers,’ said Anjali Rai, Chairperson, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited.
Here’s one more reason to go shopping.
At: Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India, Jawahar Byapar Bhawan, Janpath
On Till: 16 July, 10 am to 7 pm