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Who would have thought in the middle of the city of Norwich one would find a South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust and a Gallery, Country and Eastern Ltd, which sells colourful rugs, traditional furniture, paintings, hand made goods, jewellery and ceramics from India and the Far East? Pause for breath.

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All of this is housed in a restored Victorian roller-skating rink just beyond the main market area of the city. The interior roof of the building is worth going to see on its own.

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I am always a bit sceptical about fashionable galleries, knowing full well that I am not going to be able to afford even the smallest items I might fancy – you know the sort of place I mean, those emporiums that sell rusty disused British Railways fire bucket for £250 each. Country and Eastern isn’t like that. I found their goods tasteful and offered at reasonable prices. They also have small items postcards and pictures for sale.

 

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But it’s not just a gallery the museum part works with UEA and Norwich University of the Arts and collects items of South Asian arts and crafts and is embarking on research work.

 

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Go and see! It is really worth a visit and a browse. Take your camera Philip and Jeanie Millward don’t mind you taking the occasional shot for personal use. Tell your friends because they may want to go Christmas shopping there for a gift that is just that bit different.

You can always have a quick peep for yourself here Country and Eastern.

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