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Lokotsav: of rich tradition and art…

Traditional Rajasthani furniture

 

Furniture and décor can change the aesthetics of any home. And while we Goans go gaga over our antique Portuguese furniture, at Lokotsav, the traditional furniture made in sheesham and Burma teak wood are worth stopping by and being admired, even if not purchased.

From trunks and chests, to sideboards, musical instruments, stools, centre tables, and figurines, there’s something for everyone here. With a collection featuring elaborate handmade wooden carving and Bakra art that was used on doors of palaces in Rajasthan, Monu Sharma from Chaksu, a remote village in Jaipur is attending the festival for the 9th time along with his cousins.

“Every year we come and make sure we finish selling all that we have before we go,” Sharma says. A family business that was started by his ancestors, Sharma and his cousins believe they have created a mark by expanding it and by visiting such festivals. The prices for the items start at `1000 and go up to `45,000 for a large sized trunk.

 

Lac bangles of Jharkhand

Back in February, the Directorate of Art and Culture had invited lac artist, Jhabar Mal to conduct a lac workshop for the people of Goa. Mal has now made his way to Goa yet again and has put up his stall at Lokostav. At the stall, there are various Lac design bangles which are made by the people belonging to Lac Hasta Shilpa Swabalambi Sahakari Samitee Limited.

This technique or form of art is special to Jharkhand as lac only grows in this state. “Lac is firstly procured from the trees that smell. It is collected from the jungles and is processed. After which the work like the beads and other glitter is added to it. This work is mostly done by the women of the community,” he says.

The starting price of the bangles is `50 and goes upto `200. The artists have won several awards and prizes for the same.

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