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A flower rangoli welcomes visitors to the seventh Handmade Collective, put together by A Hundred Hands. Despite it being a weekday morning, the crowd has started trickling into the United Theological College premises where close to 90 stalls have been set up.
Kites, curios, terrariums, food, clothes…everything vies for attention, and upon a closer look, you find that some are indeed innovative.
Among them is Chennai-based Amrita Giriraj’s creations — jewellery such as earrings, finger rings and pendants as well as home decor items, with colourful dried petals sandwiched between glass. “This is my first time here,” she says. However, that seems to be working to her advantage. “Lots of people are coming up to me because they see that I’m new,” she adds with a laugh. The highlight of this edition is a collaboration between its members, the organisers say. Of 85 members, 50 have collaborated with a fellow member. So you see a Madhubani artist’s work on a tussar silk sari; a miniature artist who has painted buttons for men’s kurtas in a neighbouring stall; and even a juti maker who has used recycled denim in his shoes.
Some of Susan John’s bags, wallets and pouches sport a lively checked fabric, “handlooms from weavers in Andhra”. Educationist Reshma Shariff can’t resist picking up a ceramic hanging “to hang in the garden,” as she told her mother.
“Everything here is so interesting,” she gushes. “This is my first time and I’m so glad I came.” Bhavana Ananth, visiting the fair for the second time, says she sees more variety this year than she did in the last. “But I love my glass miniature guy, sitting at the entrance,” she says. The Handmade Collective will continue till December 4 at United Theological College, Millers Road.

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