Weaving in some warmth

  • Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Nov 27, 2013 18:09 IST

This winter, indulge in some sun soaked shopping at this ongoing bazaar in the Capital. Called the Dastkar Winter Weaves, the exhibit cum shopping fest has brought together handlooms and weaving techniques from all across the country.

From fine silks, woollens to block prints and embroidery, a wide range of saris, dupattas, running fabric, shawls, knits and made-up garments will be exhibited at the fest. “This is one of the differently themed monthly events that features varied aspects of Indian crafts and textiles. The event will add to the message, that crafts in India have such extraordinary potential,” says Laila Tyabji, chairperson, Dastkar. New products at this season’s fest include tussar silk weaves from Maharashtra, tangail saris from West Bengal, punja dhurries from Punjab, a wonderful range of designed winter jackets and even exotic weaves all the way from Bhutan. Also, a must-see are the 20-feet high wall hangings.

“These have been created by a team of craftswomen, specialised in appliqué and embroideries, from the Banaskantha region of Gujarat. These panels are a testimony to the power and potential of traditional craftspeople when they receive their due recognition and patronage,” adds Tyabji.

While you are here, watch out for ikat weaves from the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh traditions, jamdani and Banarasi brocades and kullu and kinnauri wool shawls from Himachal Pradesh. Also exhibited are the Kutch shawls and stoles by expert weavers from the Vankar community. Authentic pashmina, in both traditional and innovative modern designs, have come from Kashmir and the famed Changthang plateau of Ladakh.

To add a dash of fun, the afternoons of November 27 - 29 will host Rajasthan’s Langa Manganiar musical performances, with additional Kalbeliya and Bhawai dance performances. That’s not all; the food court at the venue promises a lip-smacking treat. The platter offerings include kebabs, tikkas and biryani from the kitchen of Pakistan’s popular Bundu Khan.The food court will also serve a variety of other warm snacks and beverages.

Catch it live
What: Dastkar Winter Weaves
Where: The Nature Bazaar venue, Kisan Haat, Andheria Mod
On till: December 1
Timing: 11am to 7pm
Nearest metro station: Chhattarpur on the Yellow Line


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