Fair show of unique tribal products

Jamshedpur, Sept. 30: Handmade bedsheets of Rajasthan, Kosa silk saris from Madhya Pradesh, wind flute and dokra artefacts from Chhattisgarh, shawls from Himachal Pradesh and organic products from Andhra Pradesh. All these and more are on offer at an exhibition at Biponi, Kalamandir in Bistupur.

Called Sharadiya Hastshilp Mahotsav, the exhibition-cum-sale is being held by Kalamandir in association with Tribes India, a project under the Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. It kicked off on September 20 and will be on till October 20.

The theme of the event is Dasai se Sohrai tak (From Dasai to Sohrai). Both are tribal festivals — while Dasai is the other name of Dussehra, Sohrai is a festival associated with cattle and is celebrated sometime around Diwali.

Herbal medicinal products such aloe vera, organic soaps and herbal tea have already become the top pick at the exhibition. This is not all, heart patients can get preserved tuna fish from Lakshadweep and other agro-forestry products there.

“Tribal art is not restricted to Jharkhand. People should also know about the creations of tribals of other states too. With such a view, we organised the exhibition,” said Diler Toppo, the manager of Tribal Co-operative, Ranchi.

“This is a first of its kind fair in the city,” said Amitava Ghosh of Kalamandir.