20 entrepreneurs and original designs. Here’s what we are eyeing at CCI’s second edition of Craftepreneur
This time we don’t have to wait half a century to shop at the finely-curated Craftepreneur (an initiative of the Crafts Council of India, it was held last September, to commemorate 50 years of its establishment). The four-day exhibition will showcase crafts, textiles, bags, jewellery and décor from 20 designers and craft-entrepreneurs from across the country. At least 18 are here for the first time, and Bela Khaleeli, joint treasurer at the organisation, says, “Crafteprenuer is a phrase coined to represent an entrepreneur who has used a craft—either current or languishing—given it a makeover and has successfully marketed the same. We have given these entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their products, and recognise their passion and marketing zeal.”
Bringing artistic, handcrafted décor and apparel all the way from the serene valley of Garhwal hills is Studio Enoy. Founded by NIFT graduate Bhavya Gupta, the range includes lighting fixtures (like table lamps and pendant lamps) and apparel. Coming to the city for the first time, their vibrant, wooden Dangling Torch (Rs.1,400)—a lamp with a bulb holder and wire—catches our attention. “The wood is lacquered and painted using a technique that is native to the artisans in Budhni, a town near Bhopal,”the 23-year-old informs us.
While it is the first time for some—like Mubarakpur Weaves from Mubarakpur and Waarsa from Pune—Auroville-based Windglaze Pottery is returning a second time. This time, their incense stick holders and leaf-imprinted platters, trays and bowls will take the spotlight. Puneet Brar, the lady behind the 15-year-old pottery establishment, says, “This won’t be the usual, tiny holders. It will be about 30 centimentres high, and will look like a bottle. We have translated Madhubani art and Gond art on to clay.” The incense-stick holder costs Rs.2,000.
At Lalit Kala Academi from October 28 to 31, between 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Rs.200 onwards. Details: 28291692