National workshop to conclude on Mar. 29
The ongoing National Tribal Artisans workshop at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Wellington House on Irwin road here has about 15 tribal artisans from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh exhibiting their skills in Saora, Gond and Godna paintings, Taoda Embroidery and Karnataka Basketery in the demonstration workshop.
The tribal workshop is open to public daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm and concludes on Mar. 29.
The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. P.K. Misra, President, Anthropological Association, Mysuru on Mar. 20.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Misra said that such workshops provided a good platform for tribal artisans to exchange ideas and was interesting for the local residents too.
IGRMS Officer-in-Charge J. Vijay Mohan contends that the workshop has acquired a cultural importance especially that being also a demonstration workshop evoking interest in visitors.
Chikkasiddaiah and his daughter-in-law Rekhamani of Medar tribe in Chamarajanagar were busy weaving baskets, hanging lamp shades, attractive flower vases, trays, hand-held fans, wall plates and many more using bamboo and cane.
Ibasin and Rojakly from Ooty were seen churning out a variety of embroidery items like mobile phone pouches, shawls and handbags. They also provided Nilgiri green tea, chocolate tea, coffee and natural honey.
Chikkasiddaiah says that he was forced to take up the family tradition of weaving after the sugar factory he was working with got closed down and was happy with the profession now.