Friday, July 10th, 2020

Relevant social messages resonate at Surajkund Mela

Visitors clicking selfies with street performers at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016INVC NEWS Chandigarh, The weather is perfect to enjoy cultural performances, gorge on traditional food and pick up some intricate handicrafts for your home. So just head for the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela, a fair everyone looks forward to. The Mela is conglomeration of ideas, products and poignant experiences. We bring to you a sneak peep into some of these... Jail inmates showcase their hidden talent The ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad is giving a golden chance to jail inmates from prisons of Haryana to showcase to the world their creative skills that have emerged in form of arty products made from paper, straw and wood. Under the reformative programmes undertaken at the Haryana prisons, the jail inmates are imparted creative skills, which have to be seen to be believed. It is indeed a remarkable initiative undertaken in the prisons of Haryana that promises a good living for jail inmates in future. An interesting collection of decor items handcrafted by the jail inmates from about 10 prisons from across the state of Haryana are on display at Stall no. 906. Shyam Sunder, head constable, Faridabad, manning at the stall, informs that the jail inmates are given training in stitching, tailoring, chocolate making, etc. They have put their training into practice by creating an interesting collection that is being displayed for the first time at the Mela, which includes wall hangings, wood crafted animals, handpainted sceneries, khadi clothes, vases, sculptures, jute bags, jewellery and greeting cards. Environment-friendly garbage disposal options Human Kind Foundation, an NGO, from Faridabad is spreading the message of disposing waste products more sensibly at the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016. Their stall no. 733 is displaying a range of products known as composters that help convert kitchen waste into compost/manure for the plants. These are made from earthenware and three to four tier composters are ideal for individual homes. “All our products are designed after a lot of ground research and prototyping. They fit our Indian ways of living and help us clean up India in style,” tells Monica Sharma, President, Human Kind Foundation. They are demonstrating the way to use these composters which are to be layered with wet kitchen garbage and sprinkled with microbes or BTM accelerator neem powder. They are also exhibiting composters for disposal of pooja, rangoli flowers and garden litter. These products range from Rs 400-Rs 30,000 depending on the model you choose. Adds Sharma, “If we begin taking responsibility for our waste, we can contribute towards making our environs clean and make the life of ragpickers easier, as they will earn more from recyclable waste which otherwise gets decayed by kitchen waste.” Back to natural There is a rising consciousness for not just keeping our environs clean but also to get back to nature that promises healthy and ailment-free body. Taking an initiative in this direction, Mitti Cool, that has set up a stall no. 791 at the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela and has brought an interesting array of eco-friendly options for cookware made from clay.  Their well-designed and colourfully painted clay water filters catch your attention, so does the tawa, cookers, handi, kadai and tea cups. Tells Seema, a representative of the company, “Our innovative range of products made from natural clay have been aesthetically designed and are priced at pocket friendly rates starting from Rs 200-1100.” Olive wood kitchenware from Tunisia wows visitors If there is craze for olive oil for its health benefits, then olive wood carved in various shapes has been generating equal interest among visitors at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016. Faizi Kaabi, craftsperson from Tunisia, has brought interesting array of olive wood utility items like chopping boards, salad bowls, chess boards, mortar and pestle, fruit trays in very unconventional shapes and sizes. Kaabi is happy with the response to his products that are made from olive wood and finished with a simple coating of olive oil. These are priced from Rs 600 onwards.

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