The 12th edition of By Hand, From The Heart begins
They began in 2011 with a handful of craftspersons. Eleven editions later, Deepa Sekar and Kshiti Davey, the organisers, have scores of artisans and entrepreneurs sending in applications for upcoming By Hand, From The Heart events. “The idea has always been to keep it small, so there is brand recall,” begins Sekar, who used to showcase paper jewellery at the initial editions. With the rules being that no two stalls cover the same category, Sekar has decided to give other paper crafters a chance. So at this two-day outing at Hanu Reddy Residences, Poes Garden, expect to find up to 20 stalls featuring everything from clay and wire jewellery to saris, handpainted stationery, cross stitch furnishing, brocade trays and reversible dolls. The last is most exciting as they are fashioned by a 76-year-old woman, Suguna Rangaswami, who also specialises in finger puppets. Plus, there are exotic plants and a cafe featuring two home bakers.
Davey, the unofficial ‘clutch girl’ is known for her upcycled brocade bags fashioned in clusters in Gujarat. Another crafter, Dr Serene, is a paediatrician by profession, who turns out the most unusual wire-wrapped jewellery, featuring brass wire, gems and beads. There are old-timers like Aavaran (saris from Bindu Ramesh in Mumbai), block-printed cotton saris from Advika (only 18 being showcased) and a farmer’s market with fresh produce and artisan bread (The Farm on OMR). Meanwhile, the line-up from Cafe Homemade, which has become almost a tradition now, fairly makes your mouth water. We are going to be there bright and early for the flourless chocolate cake and shortbread squares and more from Anusha Kaushik of Delicioso and Sulu’s Kitchen. Sekar insists that the idea behind the show is relaxed shopping in a private setting. “Keep aside three hours for some shopping, food and filter kaapi,” concludes the designer who ensures that each of her vendors has a business plan.
At Hanu Reddy Residences, Poes Garden, today and tomorrow, 10 am to 8 pm. Pricing from Rs 25. Details on their facebook page and at 7200055625
– Team Indulge