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Indulge in art this festive season

 Nikki Utpaul |  2012-10-24 21:31:08.0  |  New Delhi

Indulge in art this festive season

The ‘cottage’ has for 60 years been the abode of Indian handloom and handicrafts and has helped preserve the culture of the country by showcasing its diverse art and craft under-one roof, giving thousands of artisans a new lease of life.

Keeping in line with the festive season, the Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIC) brings an exclusive range of items that will make perfect gifts for the festive season in its exhibition-cum-sale called Mangal Utsav, being celebrated from 23 October,  2012 till 2 November, 2012 at the Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath in New Delhi.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Syeda Ahmed, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, who speaking on the occasion, said: “I am extremely touched and impressed by the enormous talent our country possesses. Exhibitions like these are perfect platforms to encourage these master craftsmen to keep their talent growing. I think we can make this into a business model so that these artisans can earn a decent livelihood by continuing to make masterpieces and not give up on their art due to financial trouble. I hope to see many patrons of art to come forward to buy these exceptional work of art and help keep the art alive”. Also present at the occasion were Anjali Rai, Chairperson, CCIC and Alka Arora, Managing Director, CCIC.

The unique festive collection will include an array of items such as brass and metalware, sandalwood figurines, pure gold and silver plated products, wooden gift items, marble and soapstone products, painting, handloom products such as festive silk sarees, bags and accessories, ready-to-wear clothing for men, women and children, and a huge range of fabric. You will also be able to meet and greet many master craftsmen from various parts of the country who will give a live demonstration of their work.

The cottage has also brought in a rare collection of calligraphy items especially created for this exhibition. The emporium is also offering a special discount on exclusive sarees and women and children wear during the exhibition which only makes this festival celebration more exciting.

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