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Sunday, December 31, 2017

The 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar



It is no secret that I love craft fairs. I hear about one in my city and I just have to be there. I truly believe the weavers, artisans and craftsmen of our country do some really spectacular work and they could do with as much encouragement as is possible. And whenever I have  bought anything from these fairs, I have most often got a 'Wow! Where did you buy that from?' 

So when I got this mail from The Dastkari Haat Samiti  making a note of my work and inviting me for the 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar  I was super thrilled. I have been following this organisation and I know that they do some outstanding work in providing a wonderful platform for Indian handicrafts and handlooms.  Dilli Haat is a place I have never missed whenever I have visited Delhi,  Like every year this year's craft fair too, curated by Ms. Jaya Jaitly, founder of the Samiti, will be working with Indian artisans and weavers to bring their craft in focus and also 5 renowned artists from Israel as well. It is a great opportunity to see a variety of work from artisans from all over India. The organisation also requested if I would share it on my social media. Would I? Of course, I would!! This is a place not to be missed if you happen to be in Delhi between the 1st and 15th of January 2018.

This is also an excellent place to shop for unique textiles and handicrafts also gifts that come handy when you have sudden visitors. I do that most of the time and the quality and artistry is always appreciated. Not just that you will also get to meet the artisans  Do catch it if you can. And don't forget to let me know, I would love to see what you bought.


Below is their entire detailed press release.

What: 
Jaya Jaitly, Founder of ​
Dastkari Haat 
​Samiti brings 
the 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar
 
​the fortnight 
extravagant exhibition of art, textile and culture
 

Where: Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market, New Delhi

When: 1st – 15th January 201
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Timings: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Entry: Rs 20

Jaya Jaitly, Founder of ​
Dastkari Haat 
​Samiti brings 
the 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar
 
​the fortnight 
extravagant exhibition of art, textile and culture
 at Dilli Haat from 1st - 15th January 2018 

Com
​ing​
 January 1, art enthusiasts will get to see a mélange of colorful and traditional handicrafts, textiles and classical dance performances as artistes from India and Israel will come together to showcase their cultural legacy
​​
 while cementing cultural and diplomatic ties—a vision seen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to 
Israel
.

The 32nd edition of the annual 
​craft bazaar
 which will take place at Dilli Haat, will witness 
​the ​
participation of around 200 artisans from different states assuring a peek into the myriad art and craft traditions.

For this year, Dastkari Haat Samiti has collaborated with Ministry of Textiles to create an interactive platform where local artisans from India and Israel will exchange their skills and art while creating intricate art pieces that are significant of artistic legacy which both the countries are known for.

Five craft persons from Israel will work with their Indian counterparts from Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to create two completely new art pieces each combining common understandings and skills in entirely new designs under the guidance of two Indian designers.
​ ​
The Israel-India workshop which will be held between January 2- 14 will showcase fresh art pieces to the public. During the workshop, art connoisseurs will also get a chance to interact with artisans and watch their work in progress.

“This festival is a unique platform where our craftspeople get to interact and share their skills with their foreign counterparts. Our vision is to bring back the original essence of Dilli Haat where only those artisans who don't get to display their work 
​in New Delhi could showcase 
their work exclusively ," 
​says ​
Jaya Jaitly,
​F​
ounder of Dastkari Haat Samiti.

The 
​15 day Dastkari ​
Haat 
​Craft ​
Baz
​a​
ar will showcase a mix-bag of art pieces which will be created with finesse by Israeli artists
​ ​
in different art forms—papier machie by Vered Otmy, patchwork by Orna Shahar, embroidery in textile by Sassona Schits , paper cutwork by Janine Golbert and wire mesh by Nihad Dabeet.

The bazaar will also touch upon the important aspects of the craft producers' life by showcasing myriad cultural performances including folk music from Rajasthan, the exotic tribal martial Chhau dance
​rs who will be dancing as well as demonstrating the mask making​
 from West Bengal, the mesmerizing ‘Pinguli Art’- a unique style of painting that incorporates storytelling from Maharashtra, traditional weaving and singing performances from Gujarat and soulful flute renditions by a Varanasi flute player who will be willing to teach to the interested viewers.

The 
​annual bazaar ​
cites to serve as a platform that provides unique inputs to the crafts sector while creating employment opportunities for local artisans.

The 
​decor of Dilli
 Haat will replicate the unique pap
​i​
er machie art created by 
​acclaimed
 folk artist from Chhattisgarh, Sundari Bai. 





Work by Israeli artists




1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your above blog post ...I am Delhi based, and would definitely try to go for this event to Dilli Haat...

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