Surajkund (Haryana): The 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela witnessed huge crowds on Sunday. The fair was choc-o-bloc as visitors thronged various stalls.
    
The hand-woven carpets from Kabul made from sheep wool dyed vegetable colours, without any chemical treatment, were the main attraction at the stall from Afghanistan.    

The Pakistani food stall from Karachi served mouth-watering food items including 'biryanis', 'kormas' and 'tikkas'.
    
According to Haryana Government officials, being the last Sunday of the Mela, an estimated over a lakh people visited the fair today.
    
Shoppers thronged handicraft and handloom stalls to catch the best deals and later many also watched the vibrant cultural performances on the chaupal.
    
Saturday too, there were huge crowds at the fair. Last evening, a fashion show was staged as part of the fair, which showcased the rich traditions of textiles and styles of Karnataka.
    
A number of famous models, including Lakshmi Rana, Carol Gracias sashayed down the ramp flaunting the collections of leading names from the fashion world.
    
President Pranab Mukherjee had on February 2 inaugurated the 15-day annual cultural extravaganza showcasing the country's rich handicrafts, cuisine and culture.
    
Artistes and craftspersons from across the country and parts of the world besides those from neighbouring SAARC nations are displaying their craft at the annual fair, which has been upgraded to an international crafts fair .
    
This year the theme state is Karnataka and more than 300 craftspersons, weavers, artisans, folk musicians and dancers from the state are taking part in the Mela.

(Agencies)

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