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India under one roof

India under one roof
With the minimum temperature fluctuating between 10 and 11 degrees, we can safely say now that winter has arrived in the Capital. And that is one more reason why you should pay India International Trade Fair another visit. While last time we went, we focussed on 'foreign' stalls, this time we decided to check out our desi men and women.

Various states like Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka and Haryana have given their stalls.

Nagaland has a good collection of winterwear like woollen knitted pullovers, baby shoes, Naga shawls, beaded traditional accessories, traditional decorative pieces like spears, headgear, wooden masks and bamboo baskets. Here one can pick up home-utility products like wooden spatula, bamboo chopssticks, wooden hair accessories, straw hats, bamboo wall hangings, wooden pestle etc.

Also on sale are local food items from the state like preserved wild apples, bamboo and Naga chilli pickles and squash.

The West Bengal pavillion reflects the culture of the people. On display are jute products like bags,  tablemats, doormats,  weaves from different parts of the state, sculptures of godesses, bangles made from shells, leather goods like wallets, bags, jewellery boxes, dolls in traditional dress, metal carvings of gods and other items.

The Karnataka pavillion stocks rich Tanjore paintings, miniature art, colourful stationery, wooden windchimes and keychains, silk salwars and saris, bags and traditional embroideried attires from the tribal belt.

There are also items made from lead with silver linings in the shape of elephants, boxes, knives, decorative items and accessories like rings, the price of which starts at Rs  100. These are from the Bidar region. We saw scrubbers and chappals made from roots of a tree which has medicinal value — for a few hundred rupees.

You can also pick up colourful masks and figures of gods, butterfly and fans made out of the root. Another crowdpuller at this state pavillion are pickles made of jackfruit, mango, lemon and many other fruits.

The Gujarat stall has wooden camels and horses, heavily-decorated metal prayer houses for idols, glass paintings, colourful bedspreads, salwars, lehenga cholis, shell decorative pieces, metal pottery, bangles, Krishna and Radha dolls.

For more wooden home decor pieces like boats, trays and bowls, head to the Jammu & Kashmir stall. Also pick up shawls, pashminas, carpets, phirans and heavily embroidered wall hangings.  

At the Haryana stall has metal lanterns apart from soft toys and a variety of plants saplings.

So if you want a glimpse of India all under one roof, load your wallet with cash, pick up the large shopping bag, and just head to Pragati Maidan. Happy shopping!
Lina Pegu

Lina Pegu

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