• Expressing love with designer rakhis...Ludhiana
August 7, 2002

To celebrate Raksha-Bandhan, to strengthen the bond of love among brothers and sisters, ‘Devotion India’, an exhibition of designer rakhis was held today at the Lakshmi Ladies Club. Ms Alpana from Chandigarh, one of the organisers of the exhibition, said the exhibition displayed a wide variety of rakhis. The traditional as well as several other rakhis for kids and elders were displayed at the exhibition. These were all hand-made rakhis, said Ms Alpana.

Visitors at an exhibition of rakhis, organised at the Lakshmi Ladies Club, Ludhiana, on Wednesday

• Exhibition of ‘rakhis’... Article by Tribune News Service, Chandigarh
August 11, 2002

An exhibition of handmade designer ‘rakhis’ would be organised at Aroma Hotel in Sector 22 here tomorrow, said Ms Alpana of Devotion India.

Ms Alpana, who has been in ‘rakhi making for the past seven years with the help of her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, said traditional as well as ‘off-beat” rakhis’ would be displayed at the exhibition.

A wide variety of Kolkota-style ‘rakhis’ would be exhibited. These were traditional ‘rakhis’ with ‘mauli’ as the base and studded with ‘dabka‘, ‘nug’, ‘nali dori’ and ‘gota’ work. For children, there would be ‘rakhis’ in the shape of kites and Disney characters, she said.

The organisers have specially made rakhis using cardamoms and almonds this year, besides pure silver rakhis. They have also designed special ‘rakhi’ sets in the form of photo frames and buckets,” she said.

Ms Alpana says gift packs with roli, rice and mauli have also been designed.

• Her ‘bonds’ with creativity…article by Preet Onkar Singh
2002

She Returns, with her creativity once again. Alpana Aggarwal of Devotion Handicrafts-18, is all set to put up an exhibition of her hand-made rakhis today at Aroma.

Quips Alpana, “Making rakhis took off just like a hobby but then my mother-in-law and sister-in-law motivated me to take it up seriously. This was six years back. I made some 60 the first year and now I have touched the 1000 mark”. The rakhis Alpana makes are quite a delightfull deviation from the usual ones. Sample this one, in which she has used cardamoms with silver beads on them. She’s used almonds similarly. A good range of sleek threads festooned with delicate embellishments like colourful glass beads, pure silver beads or a satin cloth shaped nicely, add to the charm.

Alpana also comes up with other Rakhi-specific stuff- like a cane thaali all decked up for the spirit of the festival or a Ganesh statue coupled with two rachis, rice & roli. Those whose brothers are staying somewhere far off, there is this photo frame with lovely message on the brother-sister bond. There’s also a range for kid’s rakhis with cartoon characters on them. These rakhis are reasonably priced – at Rs 10, 20 and 40.

• Rakhi Exhibition
2002

HANDMADE rakhis made out of almonds, cardmom, tissue fabric…! Well, you have to see them to believe them. Alpana, Suman and Bimla- the Sector-18 based trio- surprised the city with their ethnic rakhi and related gift collection at a short one-day exhibition at Hotel Aroma on Monday. Priced at Rs 10 to Rs 20, the rakhis were vibrant and appealing using mouli, traditional threads, gota, etc along with almonds, cardamom and tissue frills for the face! Attractive gift items- mainly rakhi sets containing roli, rakhis and Ganesha idol- and rakhi postages etc impressed at the exhibition.

The ladies are also into corporate gift packing and wedding gift packing.

• Designer rakhis: Get ‘em from Devotion!…Article by Shivani Sharma
2002

A SPECIAL occasion definitely deserves special attention. With the festival of rakhis just around the corner, choosing the best rakhi for you brother must be uppermost on you mind. So if you long for innovatively-designed and appealing rakhis, you must check out the exhibition starting today at Hotel Aroma. Offering exclusice handmade rakhis and a host of other knick-knacks, Devotion a family- concern of Alpana Aggarwal- is all set to kick off their first exhibition in Chandigarh- possibly, the first of its kind too.

The two-day exhibition will have on display intricately designed, handmade rakhis and other gift items to get you into the spirit of the festival and also brighten up you puja thali. Says Alpana,” This concern was started five years ago with the support and encouragement of my sister-in-law, Suman Mittal and the help of my mother-in-law, Bimla Aggarwal. We started out with a hundred rachis and now supply to retailers in Delhi and Ludhiana. This is the first time we are putting up an exhibition in Chandigarh”. While all the designs are handpicked by Alpana and her family, the materials are sourced from Delhi and Kolkata. “We cater to all age groups and have a wide variety of rakhis made out of straw, terracotta, beads and PoP, tastefully mixed and matched with many other things,” she explains.