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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Crafting oriental style

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 25, 2013
First Published: 16:32 IST(25/8/2013) | Last Updated: 03:17 IST(26/8/2013)

When craftsmen from six nations meet, the result ought to be interesting. The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar offers just that — a rich mix of traditions and culture in the form of weaving, block printing, embroidery, leather and metal work, wood carving, basketry and terracotta, all under one roof.

An additional lure is the regional delicacies that will be available there. So get set to shop and munch!

India

Photo: Manoj Verma

Full of colour and variety, the Indian participants are from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi and Karnataka, among others. Visit the stall from Uttar Pradesh for Khurja pottery dinner sets (Rs 5,500), tea sets (Rs 2,500) and more. The Manipur stall has water plant-woven bags (Rs 400 onwards) and baskets to offer. Aagaz from UP is selling handmade bead bangles (Rs 20 each). The stall from Kutch has special bags and footwear made by Paabi Ben, a local artisan. Go to the Delhi stall for diaries.

Bhutan
This stall put up by Tarayana, a NGI in Bhutan offers hand woven apparels (Rs 3,000 onwards) and handicraft items made of wood and stone (Rs 700 onwards). Hand painted, these items have been made by artisans who belong to the weaker communities there.

Pakistan
A major attraction at the bazaar are the stalls put up by artisans and weavers from Pakistan. Go for the honest stone artifacts made in Karachi (Rs 50-3lakh). “Most of these items are made out of a single stone. This stone is only found in Baluchistan and is processed in Karachi,” says Nabeel Ahmed. Another highlight is the Phulkari and Jisti embroidery suits being sold at the stall run by the name of Sabah. Priced at Rs. 10,000 onwards, these suits are available in different fabrics. They also have stoles, shawls and kurtis. 
Photo: Manoj Verma

Afghanistan
Displaying works from Mazaar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan, these stalls have exotic carpets, apparels and hand embroidered items on offer. “Two women weave a carpet for an year to complete it, its all hand work,” says Hamid, a seller. The carpet is priced at R80,000. If bling is your choice, then go for the golden embroidered tea cosy available for Rs. 500. The stalls also have a special variety of silk to offer which is only available in Herat Province of Afghanistan. The price starts from Rs. 1,000. 

Bangladesh
Everything being sold here is blue. Promoting the use of virgin Indigo dye, exclusively found in Bangladesh, this stall has been set up by an organisation called Living Blue. On offer are wallets made of silk with Katha work priced at Rs. 2,000. The artisans are also promoting Shiboori art of tie and die with the indigo dye in the form of bed sheets, quilts and stoles. The price depends on the length of the cloth piece. “Bangladesh has some very exclusive apparel technique that we want to bring here,” says Michael.
Photo: Manoj Verma


Nepal
Heard of Aloe and Bamboo weaving? Well, this stall by Sabah from Nepal has on display cushion covers (Rs 500), aloe shawls (Rs 1,440) and aloe wear such as stoles on display. “Weaving aloe into cloth is exclusive to Nepal. You won’t find this art anywhere else,” says a seller.
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