VIJAYAWADA: YouTube comes in handy for the craftswomen to learn new techniques. The artisans who attended the two-day arts and crafts exhibition and training for women said that they have learnt new techniques by watching the videos on YouTube.
Around 50 craftswomen participated in the programme launched at the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati. Various crafts-making techniques like Thanja-vur paintings, Konda-palli toys, clay and paper jewellery, bridal decorations, painting fusion with art, coffee powder art, jute bags, Lippan work, Batik art and sand art were taught to the participants.
The artisans mastered in a particular craft technique displayed their work. Minakshi Arts and Crafts chairperson K. Minakshi gave training on various techniques. A home-maker from Narasaraopeta S.K. Shaheen, started the craft-making as a hobby and now reached a stage of earning by selling her products at exhibitions and training the people in her neighbourhood.
She makes jewellery, silk threads, quilling art, Shilpkar art, paper bags and designer blouses. She said response from the people is good but she could get an opportunity to sell the products only through exhibitions.
Y. Vijaya Sree exhibited her paintings and clay dolls. She used many techniques in paintings like oil painting with knife work, sand on canvas acrylic and craft fusion on the art.
“I started as a hobby but now I want to be a professional artist,” she said.
The department of Language and Culture and the CCVA are jointly organising the event with Minakshi Arts and Crafts Welfare Society taking the lead.