With vibrant colours and attractive looks, a variety of handloom sarees, kalamkari dress materials, food products, home decors, puja items, dry fruits, and a wide variety of products form part of DWCRA Bazaar, at Andhra University College Grounds is drawing huge crowds since it started on Saturday night. The 25 days Expo will remain open to visitors till January 13.
The exhibition features about 150 stalls set up by various self-help groups (SHGs), rural artisans, women entrepreneurs from the Godavari, Chittoor, Prakasam, Kadapa, and a few other places and weavers from various parts of the country have also set up stalls.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh organizes a DWCRA bazaar every year to enhance the livelihood of women groups by providing them an opportunity to sell their products. Accordingly, the weavers and SHGs hope that it would help them financially recover after being affected by the COVID-19.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Ramayya from Mchilipatnam, who is running a stall with a number of sarees and cloth materials, says that his stall has a very good collection of kalamkari sarees. Satara from Delhi, Sharukh from Delhi, who was running a stall with blankets, said that this is the first time after COVID-19 that they were given an opportunity to exhibit their products.
Artisan like Nirmal from Kadapa, who had set up a garment stall, said that the pandemic had hit their sales badly. “Due to Covid-19 pandemic, most of the weavers had to take loans to survive. He hopes that the 25-day expo will help them in the difficult times”.
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