The Shabari emporium houses a vast collection of items including Bell Metal, Wrought Iron, Terracotta, Wood Craft and more. The items on sale at the Shabri Emporium have been prepared by local artisans with the help of naturally available resources. The skill of crafts making has been perfected over the generations and has rightly been transformed onto objects of great aesthetic values. Majority of the pieces of artwork available here has been carved out from wood and bamboo. These items are also being exported to other countries and are in popular demand out there
Shabari emporium are sales outlets to sale produce of many heritage handicrafts and disappearing traditional arts of Chhattisgarh State, made by tribal/village artisans. The emporiums are endeavor of Chhattisgarh Handicraft Development Board that is an undertaking of Chhattisgarh Government. The emporium situated in Chhattisgarh Haat, Pandari, Raipur is the most revenue generating emporium.
CGHDB run Shabari emporium, a medium to sale the produce of traditional artisan of Chhattisgarh. There are 19 Shabari Emporiums of which 2 situated in out of state and remaining in Chhattisgarh. Details of Chhattisgarh location are Ambikapur-1, Bhilai-1, Bilaspur-1, Champaran-1, Jagdalpur-1, Jashpur-1, Kanker-1, Kondagaon-1, Narayanpur-1, Pankhajur-1, Parachpal-1,Raipur-5,Rajnandgaon-1,Sarguja-1.
These emporium sales tradition craft of following categories, some of them are more than thousand years old, viz. Bamboo, Bell Metal, Carpet, Clay Art, Embroidery, Godna Craft, Iron Craft, Jute Craft, Shell Craft, Sisal Craft, Stone Craft, Terracotta, Traditional cloth& panting, Tumba, Wood Craft. Some of the collections available at Shabri Emporium include wall hangings, table lamps, ash trays, show pieces, Dhokra crafts, terracotta pottery, toran, boxes, potholders, hammocks, mats, bags and towels.
Selling amount of the emporium goes to artisan after deduction of sales cost that is about 10% of sales price on an average basis.
Shabari Emporium situated in Chhattisgarh Haat, Pandari, Raipur is the most revenue generating emporium. As per salesmen of this emporium average visitors is 15-18 per day, on routine days and in season like craft exhibition cum sale in Chhattisgarh Haat, etc., it becomes 40-45. 80% of visitors buy something on routine days.
Religion & Rituals
Religion and rituals play a very important role in the life of Chhattisgarhi people. The informal nature of religion in this area is typical of that practiced by many small ethnic groups in India.
Deep in the forest, the reverberating sound of drumbeats and rhythmic footsteps float through the air. Songs of Birds resonate in chorus and a gentle breeze carries this symphony.