crafts from the Craft Council of Karnataka.

If your heart beats for traditional craft, head to Kamalini, a non-tiffany cuff

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organisation dedicated to the promotion of arts and crafts from the Craft Council of Karnataka.This three-year-old store is tucked away in a

quiet road in Malleshwaram and houses selected crafts that the council promotes as part of its numerous projects.The selection of items and curios here make

for great and very Tiffany Cuff Links gifts. The store houses a large

selection of Kinhal idols. These are from Kinhal, a small village in Koppal district in North Karnataka and are made using lightweight wood available in the

surrounding areas.


The creations mainly take the form of gods, goddesses, puja stands and
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scenes. They are painted in vibrant

hues.Mangala Narasimhan, an executive committee member, says with pride:Recently, we had a sixmember student team from Glasgow come all the way to

learn this craft as part of a two-month project.Apart from the Kinhal idols there is a section dedicated to Varanasi toys, which again mainly consist of idol sets.

Educational toys are also available, which are eco-friendly as they are painted with natural colours.You can also take your pick of
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board games such as Huli Kuri Atta (tiger and goat game),

Chouka Bara (a race game decorated with Chittara Art) or Pagade (game of dice played in the Mahabharata).


Also worth mentioning is the Mysore Chada Ganjifa. Chada in Kannada means leaf or card. This is a card game that you will generally not find anywhere

else. A small section of blue pottery from Jaipur, dokhra art figurines, terracotta artefacts and jewellery, bidri work and brass statuettes are also on display.With

its aim to popularise crafts of Karnataka, the tiffany cuff links does special

projects for specific time periods with select artist groups. The projects aim at providing several design inputs to add a contemporary touch to the traditional

crafts.For instance, the Nisarga Ranga project resulted in an exclusive saree range in which the traditional Ilkal saree was woven using natural dyes and

embellished with banjara embroidery to give it an exclusive touch. A small collection is now available at the store.

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