A crafty start to 2013

  • Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 28, 2012 02:10 IST

What better way to welcome the New Year than with a crafty mela? The Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar is back with its 27th edition and promises to bring works of Indian and Pakistani women embroiderers to the foray. In this annual bazaar put up each year by Dastkari Haat Samiti, a national association of crafts people, 190 craftspeople from all over India will bring talent and traditions through handmade products.

“This year we are focusing on embroideries and have invited craftswomen from Pakistan too. One can see and buy suits and other apparel with unique patterns from the bazaar,” says Jaya Jaitley, the founder. 

PuppetsBrought here by Behbud Association of Pakistan, an NGO, the designs are embellished with cross stitch, crochet, cut work and ‘rilly’ — a traditional Sindhi method of embellishment akin to Indian patchwork of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

The crochet work which will be displayed belongs to Chakwal, Rilly, from Sindh and cut work from Alipur Farash. They will be joined by Indian embroiderers, including Sadhna group from Rajasthan, Saasha group of Kantha from West Bengal, Sabala group from Karnataka, Embroidery of Punjab  by Nabha Foundation and Embroidery from Artesania from Gujarat.

The 15 day-long bazaar will also feature brass goods, pottery items, bangles, footwear and handicraft items. “The bazaar is known to bring together diverse traditions and cultures together,” says Jaitley.

An added attraction this time will be the live demonstration of weaving looms from more than 12 states. “Live activities draw a lot of crowd. We’ve had excellent sales in the past. This bazaar brings together exceptional talent from different parts of India,” she says.

Workshops of wire toys, Madhubani paintings, Gond paintings, paper mache, thread jewellery-making, puppet-making, and pottery and bamboo items wills also be conducted. Folk and cultural performances, such as Kalbelia, Langa and Bhavai will take place every day. 

Not to be missed
Crochet work, path work and embroidery from Pakistan
Live demonstrations of weaving state-wise looms
Daily workshops and live cultural performances


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