The 10-day ‘Gujarat Handicrafts Utsav 2016’ which is being held for the first time in Mysuru kickstarted at JSS Urban Haat, Hebbal Industrial Area, here on Friday.
Speaking after inaugurating the Utsav, MLA Vasu said “This type of utsavas will enable artists to sell their products directly to the customers and the artists in turn will get better prize for their products. “The artists will not only benefit, but also the customers have the option of buying quality products at reasonable prices. Apart from this, it also enables to know about different cultures,” he added.
Mayor B L Bhyrappa was also present on the occasion.
More than 40 master artisans of Gujarat are displaying their products at the exhibition. The creative artisans are exhibiting and also demonstrating to sell their rich art and craft products like Gujarat’s pride – Patola Sari, Bandhani (tie and dye), embroidery, patch work, clay articles, bead work, terracotta, worli painting, eco-friendly jewellery items, etc.
Artist Kosha Sha from Ahmedabad, who is exhibiting eco-friendly jewelries, said “There is good demand for eco-friendly jewellery items. Some of the eco-friendly items are made from coconut shells. The product prices start from Rs 90 to Rs 150.”
In one of the stalls, herbal medicine which is in great demand in Gujarat is also exhibited. There is also medicine for diabetic and blood pressure. Visitors may also enjoy special Gujarati food at the venue.
Entry is free for the public and is open from 10 am to 9 pm. KSRTC bus facility has been arranged for the utsav. For the benefit of the visitors, every 30 minutes, bus route number 117/1 will ply from Mysore City Bus Terminal to JSS Mysore Urban Haat.