Kerala Tourism Minister inaugurates ‘Handicraft Heritage Tour’

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Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala, recently inaugurated the Handicrafts Heritage Tour which was organised by the Sargaalaya Arts and Crafts Village in Kozhikode scheduled to be held between December 21, 2017 and January 8, 2018.

The Heritage Tour is being organised in the run-up to the seventh annual ‘Sargaalaya International Arts and Crafts Festival’. The handicrafts festival is being organised with the support of the Departments of Tourism, Industries, Culture, and Coir, Government of Kerala.

The mega festival will have the participation of more than 400 artisans from as many as 25 states in India. Artisans from South Africa, Egypt, Uganda, Nepal, Sri Lanka will also be participating in the event. The Sargaalaya International Arts and Crafts Festival will put on display-and-sale handicrafts items made by around 500 artisans.

The festival will also include arts and entertainment programs.

Artisans from villages like Aranmula (known for the renowned Aranmula Mirror), Thazhava (known for unique mats), Perumbava (renowned for the manufacture of Mridangam and Maddalam), Vellinezhi (known for the decorative accessories used in Kathakali  make up), Aruvacode (famous for clay products), Cherppu (known for wooden handicrafts items)  and Kunhimangaalam (famous for the manufacture of metal handicrafts products) will be a part of this mega event.

Further, handicraft products of the likes of Balaramapuram Saree, Chennamangalam Dhoti, Palakkad Set Mundu, Koothambulli Saree, Kannur Furnishings, Kasargod Saree, would be put up on display at special pavilions during the festival.