The Surajkund International Crafts Mela showcases some of the most exquisite handlooms and handicrafts from across the world. We bring you some exotic picks that caught our eye.
This luxury Middle Eastern Syrian wooden box is a beautiful mosaic work (intarsia) designed to showcase an illusion of depth.This amazing storage box is completely hand- made and has been inlaid with differing wooden chips. Their cotton hand-made crochet table cloths are a great accessory.
Ugandans exhibited their traditional wooden statues and paintings for the first time in the mela. Handmade alocha fabric bags from Tajikistan. The place is famous for entire dynasties of national craftsmen who pass their ancient arts from generation to generation. The Saharanpur collection has a variety of teak wood, sheesham, deodar, ebony, redwood, rosewood, red cedar, sal and many others. This time they have worked with traditional Kashmir designs.
Indians are by now used to Turkish lamps and ceramics. This time, they have got artistic variants and lanterns with traditional designs. Glazed pottery with white background and blue and green patterns has been developed in Khurja, Chunar and Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. Erkebu from Kyrgyzstan incorporates traditional designs, colors and cutting edge techniques in her felt doll pieces to capture everyday folk expressions and customs of rural areas.
Photos: Pankaj Kumar