Fascinating crafts galore at Surajkund Mela

  |    February 11th, 2015   |   259

Faridabad(N4C Desk)-There’s a great curiosity among the visitors at the ongoing 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad for the artistic creations of the craftspersons who have come to the event from across the country and even abroad. National and State awardee craftspersons from all states of India and 20 countries showcase their valuable crafts.Showcasing-Surajkund MelaThere is lot of stuff ranging from paper work to bamboo creations to trinkets from jute that is alluring the spectators as they buy creative stuff for their homes.

Womenpower is all pervasive in the works designed by artisan Kamini Kaushal, from Madhubani in Bihar, who specializes in paper work at Workhut no. 966. She along with a group of women uses wastepaper like cardboards or newspapers to make interesting things. Artisan at Surajkund Mela

They have wall hangings, paintings, trays, jars, bangles, necklaces, earrings, pen stands, showpieces, bowls, plates, mirrors, sceneries, diyas and tea mats on display for sale. The paintings at the stall are all inspired by messages about social causes like ‘beti bachao andolan’ and women empowerment as their leitmotif.

Kamini said, “It takes us about five-six months to prepare the entire collection of items to be displayed and sold at the Mela. We’ve had a good experience so far this time.”Colourful baskets in Surajkund Mela

There’s also amazing stuff made from bamboo and cane by a national awardee craftsperson Suresh Rabi Das from West Bengal at Workhut no. 984. He has brought items like baskets, flower pots, lamps, bangles, necklaces, hairclips, boxes, pen stands, vases, masks, chains and key rings made from cane and bamboo. “It was my father’s idea to make interesting things using cane and bamboo. We are participating in the Mela for the sixth time,” said Suresh. Items at his stall are reasonably priced to suit all budgets.

Divya Rani Singh, from Bihar, has brought along jewellery made from jute at the Mela displayed at Workhut no. 960. She trained in this creative art form along with 16 other women who together make these all items displayed at her stall using the jute fibre. She has items ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 250 per piece, which include earrings, necklaces, dolls, flower pots, key rings, wall hangings and showpieces.

Divya said it was first participation in the Mela and she was happy with the response that she got from the buyers.

Another fascinating stall at the Mela is set up by Dharti Ma Trust at Workhut no. 343¸ which is focusing on the theme of protecting and making environment clean. B.S. Bisht, who is the president of the trust, is managing the stall along with his wife, where they are selling items made from discarded and waste material.

“These items are made by physically-challenged artisans and women, mostly housewives. We colourful paintings, footwear, flower vases, wall hangings, baskets, sceneries, trays, bird nests and feeder and coasters. All products are made up of waste materials, clothes and polythene bags. Our motto is to protect Mother Nature and keep surroundings clean. We collect waste material from houses and factories to make these items,” said Bisht. He said their Trust is based at Faridabad and they were taking part in the Mela for the first time. Indeed a very thoughtful venture.