FOR crafts aficionados, as well as shopaholics, this weekend’s edition of By Hand From The Heart is going to be hard to resist. Organised at Hanu Reddy Residences in tony Poes Garden, it features 26 artisans and farmers who celebrate all things handmade. Deepa Sekar, one of the organisers, recalls how 12 shows later, they can afford to be very selective about participants.
With popular NGOs like Karghaa (ikat handloom saris and blouses) and Belaku Trust (paper jewellery and stationery) joining the group, and few repeat vendors, the brief is simple – handcrafted and creative. Anjali Venkat, a popular glass artist from Chennai who now calls Singapore her home, will be showcasing her airy glass jewellery, while The Village Shop will be bringing down textured cushions, patchwork quilts and more from Cannanore.
There are hand block printed ghera (flared) skirts from Advika that have already invited much attention online. Upasana, the organic brand from Auroville, explores shibori and indigo this time. Also stock up on sketches of temples, grass and palm leaf baskets, and bags that follow the botanical theme.
Meanwhile, for those who favour bazaars for homemade treats, Bakeman Begins sees Karthika Shravanthi whipping up macaroons and chocolate cakes. Jayanthi Somasundaram offers a traditional detour, with vadams and vathals. Trader Koshy will have paneer, coconut milk and freshly plucked fruit. Add smoothies and organic snacks to the list and one thing’s certain – you won’t go home empty handed. Rs.50 onwards.Details: 9840326354 / 9444414227