Thursday, September 1, 2011
Kerala is commonly referred to as "God's own country" for its scenic beauty...the handicrafts of the state are no less beautiful!
These are just a few of the items that I saw at the "Kairali" emporium in Bangalore (M.G.Road, adjacent to the Cottage Emporium). The manager, Mr.Anwar, is most helpful and gave me a lot of interesting snippets...however, I think the pictures say it all!
Walking into the shop (which is a step lower than ground level, and looks unassuming next to the Cottage Emporium) is like walking into a treasure trove!
There are exquisite carvings on sandalwood, traditional lamps and other items in brass, huge traditional hanging lamps, bags and household items of coir, traditional dancers and Onam boats, elephants with typical decorations....the list is endless.
If you walk in to buy a gift, you will not leave without buying a few for yourself