The eleventh Chandigarh National Crafts Mela kicked of with colourful folk performances on Tuesday. Craftsmen and folk performers from all over the country are venturing at the fair. The bedsheets and curtains from Uttar Pradesh, quilts and cushion from Delhi, Chanderi sarees and dress material from Madhya Pradesh and phulkari dupattas from Punjab are doing great sales at the Mela.
Sajjak from Bhagalpur, Bihar, is selling dress material, dupattas and sarees in cotton and tussar at stall no 152. The material is made on ‘khaddi,’ a hand weaving machine with silk and cotton threads. The Madhubani style of paintings make the material unique. The khadi cotton is also available in different colours. The price of the fabric ranges from Rs.800 to 1,200. Sarees range from Rs.800 to 1,500 where as tussar and cotton dupattas with and without Madhubani paintings are available for Rs.200 and 300.
The pickle shop from Jaipur at stall no 153 has a variety of ready to fry snacks, churans, pickles and ‘namkeens’. The variety of pickles of garlic, green chillies and lemon, tickles not only the tastebuds but is also healthy given to less spice.At stall no 36, Kaveri from Surya Farmer Producer Company, Nanded, Maharashtra, have flak seeds dried raisins, organic pulses, turmeric, thecha (traditional chutney made of red chilly and garlic), turmeric pickle and many more. Sukubai Patil from Mahalaxmi Swayam Sahayata Samooh, Dhuliya, has dried raisins, khakra, roasted grains, raagi snack, roasted banana chips and many more healthy snacks.