The Monsoon Collective will showcase the diverse textile traditions of the country
A 100 Hands’ mid-year bazaar, The Monsoon Collective, is back this weekend and this time around, they aim to draw gen-next’s attention to the beauty of hand-crafted products. A 100 Hands, a non-profit trust that focuses on promoting handmade art and craft apart from food and clothing by helping artisans develop a sustainable livelihood, is mainly known for its Christmas bazaar held in December each year, but the monsoon edition is equally interesting.
Showcasing over 40 artists and organisations, the event will also include demonstrations and talks on various crafts, through which visitors can interact with artisans. “This year, we have focused on textiles, cloth craft and saris. The bazaar will see the participation of weavers from various parts of India. So you can expect khadi weavers from Karnataka, malkha and kupam fabric from Andhra Pradesh, ikat from Odissa, and Kanjeevaram from Tamil Nadu,” shares Mala Dhawan, co-founder of A 100 Hands.
Traditional crafts like kalamkari, baghru and dabu mud relief printing, batik, ajrakh, quilting and contemporary patchwork will also share space with traditional weaves. On the art front, Mughal miniature work, Gond painting and Pattachitra (cloth-based scroll painting) will be well represented.
Ajrakh printer Anwar Irfan Khatri from Kutch, Gujarat, will stock his stall with bags, dupattas and stoles. Avani, a voluntary outfit that works in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, will be bringing its range of handwoven and knit textiles, natural dyes (powder, extract, pigment), art supplies (crayons, watercolour) and personal care products like soapnut and kumkum. Started by Rashmi Bharti and Rajnish Jain in 1997, Avani works with local women and seeks to revive traditional skills of natural dyeing, hand spinning, and hand weaving.
Those on the hunt for saris, with the festive season close at hand, can head to the Chitrika stall, an organisation that promotes self-managed and self-sustaining artisans in the East Godavari district. Specialising in handloom weaves, the stall will showcase the works of weavers from Srikakulam and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh, which include crafts such as jamdani and kuppadam (woven in the interlocked weft technique) in silk and cotton.
Gopal Printers, an award winning enterprise run by the Gopal family, from Rajasthan will be bringing down their dabu and bagru hand-printed garments and fabrics. The techniques involve sketching a pattern onto a piece of cloth, which is then covered with sawdust and clay. As the clay dries, the sawdust sticks to the fabric, which is later dyed and then washed. Be sure to also stop by the stalls of other award-winning artists such as J Niranjan (kalamkari), Akshaya Bariki (pattachitra), Mohan Kumar Prajapati (Mughal miniature) and Yatiendara Kumar (glass crystal work).
`50 upwards. August 6-9.
At NIFT, HSR Layout. Details: ahundredhands.com