Pune: After a State-wide ban of thermocol which was announced by the State government recently, all thermocol artists were under great shock as they would suffer huge losses for not being able to sell the items made for this year’s Ganesh festival. But Kamlesh Dharmik, a city-based thermocol artist, has not drowned in it but he has turned his business completely into making makhar and decoratives from paper mache.
Talking more about it at a press conference, Dharmik said, “From last 30 years, I used to make thermocol makhars and decoratives. But after the sudden ban, I thought of changing my whole set of business as I have the art, only the form of it had to be changed. So, from last six months, I have been making different style and shapes of makhars and decoratives from paper mache.”
Dharmik said that he has made around 600 makhars from paper mache.
“I do not use newspaper or any inked paper for paper mache. I use plain papers, mostly the leftovers from printing units of newspapers. These makhars are made by me along with 35 women working under Bhavisha Gruhini Udyog who are based in Dhankawadi,” Dharmik said.
Dharmik added, “At Ambegaon Pathar, Ganesh Chowk and Dhankawadi, we have our workshop and we sell the makhars there. These makhars are up to 18 inches starting from Rs 300 to Rs 1,500.”