From handicrafts to workshops, Dastkari Bazaar promisesa vibrant outing
After a break of three years, the popular Dastkari Crafts Bazaar is back in the city. Starting today, the bazaar at Kalakshetra will feature over 100 craftspeople from around the country. a�?We are happy to be back. The change of guard at Kalakshetra and their desire to give opportunities to other exhibitors is why we took the break,a�? says Jaya Jaitly, renowned social and political activist, and the force behind Dastkari Haat Samiti and DilliHaat.
Besides showcasing crafts like hand-woven textiles from Varanasi, terracotta from Kerala and Kani Sozni art from Kashmir, other highlights include various workshopsa��from wire toys to Madhubani paintingsa��and cultural performances.
With every bazaar, Jaitly tries to weave an extra dimension into the complex tapestry of Indian craftsmanship. This time, ita��s three booksa��penned by her and published by the Samiti. a�?The bazaar will showcase books connected to the crafts and crafts connected to the books,a�? says Jaitly. And whata��s more, at the bazaar youa��ll get to meet many of the craftspeople featured in the books.
The first, Crafts Atlas of India, is a compilation of artistically designed a�?craft mapsa�� with chapters on the crafts of each state. The second, Crafting Indian Scripts, is based on Jaitlya��s brainchild, the Akshara project. a�?We helped craftspeople to become literate, to learn and love their scripts. We then encouraged them to learn calligraphy and incorporate it into their craft,a�? says Jaitly.
The last book is The Artistry of Handwork, a small picture book that lists popular crafts from around the countrya��many of which are on sale at the bazaar.
At Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, from January 24 to February 2, 11 am to 9 pm. Entry fee: Rs20. Details: 24520836
– Surya Praphulla Kumar