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GKSF champions Kerala's traditional crafts

Posted on Nov 08, 11:00AM | UNI

Exquisite wood and metal works, handlooms that are at once ethnic and trendy and handicrafts made by skilled village artisans have been added to the prize pot of the South Indian Bank Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) for the first time.

Kerala's craftsmen have pride of place in GKSF Season 6 as their creations are showcased to the world in the form of merchandise given away as prizes in special pavilions at the spectacular Global Village coming up in Kochi.

Eight thematic exhibitions will also be held during the festival period from December 15, 2012 to January 31, 2013, GKSF Director U V Jose said in a press release here today.

GKSF plans to source these locally-made items from state-owned agencies and co-operatives such as Handicrafts Development Corporation, Surabhi, Hantex and Kudumbasree ensuring that the large numbers of artisans under their umbrella are among the gainers from the festival.