CHENNAI: The hall at Hotel Savera was crammed with people on Thursday. Not for a party or wedding, but to catch a glimpse of the articles on display at the Meena Bazaar, an exhibition organised by Rajasthan Cosmo Club, a non-profit social organisation.
The two-day event, aimed at promoting entrepreneurship among women, has about 60 stalls by women entrepreneurs and housewives. For those on the look out for exotic jewellery, the exhibition provides a wide choice.
Several stalls showcase dazzling jewels such as bridal, designer, antique kundan and contemporary collection to suit every ones tastes. Though diamond and gold studded with precious stones dominate the fair, there is also jewellery such as jhumkas studded with rubies and emeralds priced Rs.2, 000 onwards and silver jewels for budgeters.
Handcrafted ornaments made from recycled paper were a big attraction.
A women entrepreneur Usha Natrajan said paper jewellery is gaining popularity among youngsters as it is both eco-friendly and also comes with a modest price tag. Women and children swarmed the stalls that offered varieties of clothes from designer wear to cotton saris and salwars.
The colourful rakhis with motifs of cartoon characters like goofy and mickey mouse made by Guddi of Sowcarpet needs special mention.
Others articles on display include home furnishing, utility items, fashion jewellery and electronic goods. Clubs president Ramesh Dugar said it was the fifth exhibition hosted by the club. About 6,000 people are expected to visit the expo. The proceeds of the exhibition, estimated at Rs.5 lakh, would go to the cloth bank run by the club.