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Beautiful dolls made from fibreFrom gunny bags and sacks to handbags and shopping bags, jute has come a long way. This versatile fibre is now being used to create exciting new products that have caught the imagination of millions of people across the world. The range is unbelievable and as for the look, you are sure to fall in love with the products.

Jute bags fair organized by the Jute Manufacturers Development Council (JMDC) in association with AP Pollution Control Board held at YMCA, Secunderabad, showcased various items made from jute. Jute bagsOften referred to as India's golden fibre, jute can create beautiful products which are not only reliable but also very cheap. They cost as low as Rs. 5 and are rich in quality. The products included carry bags, purses, tiffin carriers, school bags, mats, handbags, hanging chairs and wall decor, sewed beautifully with astounding colours, displaying great artisanship. Says a house wife Malini from Safilguda, "Jute bags are very skillfully made and look very fashionable and they are also easy to carry. Even my children enjoy using these bags." From men and women to the children, the products are made for everyone. You can also pep up your living rooms or office rooms with bright cushion covers and an amazing range of furnishing for your sofas and curtains. A few samples of splendid and gorgeous pieces of jute wall hangings can change the decor of a room completely. These show pieces are made from fibre, yarn and fabric.

 Jute bags attracting visitors Jute bag manufacturers from across India participated in the fair, which attracted a lot of attention from the public. Jute manufacturers from Calcutta, the hub of jute manufacturing, brought with them some aesthetic and a wide variety of jute bags. DWCRA (Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas) which is doing pioneering work in the state by providing self employment to women is also involved in jute bags making. The stall put up by DWCRA had some nicely woven jute bags by the women of Srikakulam district. MS-MACS, a cooperative society from Charminar is generating self-employment for women by producing eco-friendly and traditional products. Purses, greeting cards and handbags made by this group sold like hot cakes during the exhibition.

Entwined splendidlyBesides reliability and beauty, there are some other distinct advantages of using jute bags. The first and foremost advantage of jute is that it is nature friendly because it contains cellulose and lignin, which are biodegradable. Says B Narsimulu, Marketing Promotion Officer JMDC, "When you throw away the plastic bags after using, they do not decay and remain in the soil. But jute bags are nature friendly and decay in the soiBeautify the rooml very quickly, maintaining an ecological balance." JMDC, Government of India, is actively involved in the promotion and marketing of jute products which are slowly gaining popularity all over the world. Says Narsimulu, "JMDC is selling the jute products through e-commerce all over the world."

The products made from jute are not only rich in quality but also beneficial to the mankind, particularly with reference to maintaining an ecological balance. The gaining popularity of jute products is indeed a good sign.
- MAR Fareed
Photographs: Srinivas Setty

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