For heritage handicrafts products, made by artisans themselves,the national capital has been a great centre for attraction. Just visit Shilpi Haat, Rajeev Gandhi Handicraft Bhawan located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg and one can see world-famous Hyderabadi pearls; soft wood toys and dolls from Kondapalli, Etikoppaka and Nirmal Village; carved wooden wall panels and statues from Tirupati; hand painting of Srikalahasthi; Cherial and Nirmal Paintings; crochet lace work of Narsapur; cotton durries and brass artware of Warangal; leather puppets and lamp shades of Nimmala Kunta, artificial jewellery, metal castings and Bidriware from Hyderabad.
These are some of the prominent crafts on display at the Lepakshi Heritage Collection Exhibition-cum-Sale of Handicrafts and Artistic Textiles Andhra Pradesh / Telangana. Traditional silk and cotton sarees, dress materials, suit sets & sarees from Gadwal, Pochampally (Ikat), Dharmavaram, Uppada, Kanchi, Narayanpet, Mangalagiri, Venkatagiri and Kalamkari block printings of Machilipatnam are also put up at the exhibition.The exhibition features a fine variety of products made by the artisans themselves.
While inaugurating the Lepakshi Heritage Collection Exhibition cum Sale in New Delhi on Thursday Development Commissioner(DC) Handicrafts and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textile Pushpa Subrahmanyam said that the government was making efforts to ensure funds go directly for welfare of artisans.
She said that service delivery mechanisms are being improved to make this happen, through schemes such as Direct Benefit Transfer. Subrahmanyam emphasised that it is the effort of the Government of India to ensure that all funds that are spent go directly for upliftment and protection of artisans.
The DC (Handicrafts) said that the Government is also focussing on better coordination and stronger collaborations with state federations such as Lepakshi, in promoting designs and in helping artisans tap the fast-growing demand from domestic as well as export markets. She added that there are more than fifty crafts on display at the exhibition.
The Lepakshi Exhibition-cum-Sale is a promotional programme intended to help the craftspersons increase the sales of their products and thereby improve their living conditions. Craftspersons, weavers and manufacturers of artistic handicrafts and textiles from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana exhibit and sell their products in this exhibition. Items from other states are also added to give a wider choice to craft lovers.