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Global stalls make heads turn at Surajkund crafts fair

GURGAON

The international flavour at the annual Surajkund crafts mela is growing stronger with every passing year. This year, organisers Haryana Tourism said, over 23 countries have put up their stalls at one of the biggest crafts fair in the world.

Upgraded to a global level in 2013 and rechristened as the Surajkund International Crafts Mela, the fair, which is in its 30th year, got a thumbs-up from visitors in the country and overseas, reports Hindustan Times.

Of the 23 countries participating in the fair, Japan has been selected as the focus country this year. Taiko players from Japan are at the centre of attraction. A Japanese giant kite with the country’s folk tale hero, Momotarou, painted on it has inquisitive visitors stopping by to hear the story.

Other major attractions include the Tunisian stall selling traditional bags priced Rs 400 and Rs 800. Turkmenistan, on the other hand, offers interesting vases with faces painted on them, and stone, ceramic, silver and gold jewellery ranging from Rs 60-Rs 1.6 lakh.

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