Bhubaneswar: The 13th edition of the Toshali National Crafts Mela inaugurated by the State Handlooms, Textiles and Handicrafts Minister Snehangini Chhuria started at Janata Maidan, here, on Friday amid attractive performances.
The fair saw swarms of people gathering at the kiosks that offer decorative items and furnishings.
As many as 380 stalls have been set up and more than 350 artisans, weavers and sculptors from all over the country are participating in the fair to exhibit their traditional and contemporary handicraft and handloom products.
To add to the ambience, a theme pavilion with the theme “Tantukruti” has been erected centrally which reflects the use of natural fibres in the making of handicraft and handloom products and also depicts various forms of nature transformed in Odishan handloom and handicrafts.
Handloom products, jute crafts, metal works, appliqué work, terracotta and products designed from various other ingenious materials, jewellery and other fashion accessories such as Punjabi shoes, tribal ornaments and many more crafts are on display at the fair. A major highlight of the fair is the variety of home décor items that are available in stylish designs.
There will also be regular shows on classical, folk and other performing art forms at the venue. Eminent artists and troupes from different parts of the country as well as the state have been roped in to perform at the cultural events.
A food court having 30 food kiosks set by exclusive hotels and restaurants offers food of various cuisines along with the traditional Odia cuisine.
Organised by the State Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department in association with the Development Commissioner, (Handlooms) of the Ministry of Textiles, the fair will be open from 02:00 pm to 09:30 pm every day and will continue till January 13, 2019.