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The beauty of Indian handicrafts is legendary. Tradition continues to live in the creative imagination and amazing skills of our village artisans. Government emporia across the country have contributed greatly in helping preserve our rich cultural heritage and keeping the artisans' skill alive. Most of Pune's emporia are privately owned enterprises. The city has only two state emporia. However, exhibitions held throughout the year by different state emporia provide ample opportunity for citizens to catch a glimpse of the handicrafts and textiles available across the country.
 
UTKALIKA
The city branch of the Orissa State Co-operative Handicrafts Corporation Limited was set up in 1994. Besides its exotic temples, Orissa is also well known for decorative and utilitarian arts and crafts. The compact two-storied emporium has proudly displayed the entire range in neat sections. The ground floor is reserved for textiles. Here you can find stacks of striking Sambalpur and Tussar silk sarees, cotton sarees, vibrant Ikkat dress materials, dupattas and even bed and cushion covers. The section above has an impressive range of handicrafts. There are statues in wood, stone and bronze. Besides the 'Pata Chitras' (canvas pictures) that make lovely wall hangings, papier mache toys and masks, there are quaint yet utilitarian lac boxes to store jewellery and other knic-knacs, wood carvings, table mats made from 'Kaincha' (Golden grass), silver filigree articles, and a host of other charming and attractive artifacts.

Address:
Utkalika, Orissa State Emporium, Sai Complex,
Off Fergusson College Road, Shivajinagar, Pune 411 004
Phone:
567 1046
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MRIGANAYNEE
The Madhya Pradesh Hastashilp Vikas Nigam Ltd was set up by the Government of Madhya Pradesh as a corporation in 1981. The objective of the MPHVN is to motivate craftsmen, impart training for skill upgradation and revive dwindling crafts. The corporation is also actively involved in marketing the products from across the state through a chain of emporia all over the country under the name "Mriganaynee". The Pune showroom manages to use up every inch of space in the tiny showroom. Maheshwari and Chanderi sarees in cotton and silk are available here. One can find a fairly wide range of Ujjain's famous Batik printed items such as sarees, scarfs, dress material, cushion covers, etc. Space constraints have restricted the display to mainly textiles.

Address: Mrignaynee, Shop no 65B, Clover Centre,
Moledina Road, Pune 411 001, Phone: 613 2139

 



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