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Crafts bazaar celebrates the spirit of Indian women

art-and-culture Updated: Nov 02, 2012 01:09 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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After a hiatus of seven years, the two-day crafts bazaar that celebrates the spirit of Indian women artisans is back in the city. Shilpkala Utsav, organised by AIWC (All India Women’s Conference) will be held from November 5 to 6.

“We have been organising this bazaar since 2001 and reviving it after seven years. The bazaar is centred on the revival of crafts, empowerment of women artisans and elimination of the middleman,” says Ritu Singhal, coordinator for the bazaar.

The bazaar will exhibit and sell pottery items, stuff made of 3D crafts, textile, paintings, wooden toys and handmade jewellery — all made by women artisans. “We want these women, who are extremely talented, to reach their customers directly,” says Singhal.

Since Diwali is round the corner, one can find innovative diyas, lamps, candles and decorative material at the bazaar. “Diwali will be a subtle theme. We are also promoting dying crafts this time,” she says. The range of the goods will be wide and suit every pocket, “We’ll have diyas priced as low as Rs 5,” she adds. Over 60 artisans will be participating, including national awardees, state awardees, upcoming artisans, college students, Jamia Milia Islamia — artisans program and Tihar Jail inmates.

The Utsav highlights the revival of traditional arts like Kalamkari, Narrative Patashilpa, Thewa jewellery, lacquered wooden toys, blue pottery etc. For added attraction there will be demonstrations by some artisans, performances by folk dancers and mehendi artisans.

Catch it live:
Shilpkala Utsav
Where: Aga Khan Hall, 6 Bhagwanndass Road
When: November 5 and 6
Timings: 10am- 8pm
Entry: Free
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line