35th Edition of Dastkari Haat Annual Crafts Bazaar

 

Heartwarming music from Kutch and a reverence for crafts by the dignitaries and spectators, the opening ceremony of the 35th edition of the annual Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar at Dilli Haat was all things cultural! it is on till 15th April 2021.

 

 

The annual crafts bazaar at Dilli Haat by Dastkari Haat Samiti was inaugurated on 3rd April 2021 by Ms. Anjana Somany, Founding Member of Crafts Council, Dr. Sharmilla J Dua – Faculty NIFT, Dr. Sudha Dhingra- Faculty NIFT, Justn McCarthy – Faculty Ashoka University, Dancer and Musician, and Dimple bahl – Faculty NIFT graced the festival of art and culture by their esteemed presence. 

The Dastkari Haat Samiti has been working for the dignity and economic uplift of its members since March 1986. It is a huge milestone to emerge out of the troubles of the Covid-19 pandemic to create multiple events to mark its three and a half decades of creative work. Despite limited resources and problems of collective activity and even mobility, they have some major offerings for the public.

A special sari Exhibition with 15 crafts persons under the exhibition title Sari Specialists of India. The exhibition showcases 10 new saris by each craftsman giving   150 new saris designs which have not been created before in natural block printing, dyeing, weaving, batik, shibori and others. The colourways, blocks and combinations are theme based, some are naturally dyed, some are revivals of decades old blocks and geometric explorations. All the known masters have worked to offer a rare never-before attempted treat for sari lovers.

 

     

Released an e-book (temporarily, and a printed publication later), offering a huge documentation of 21 art, craft and textiles skills of India, covering over 100 styles and techniques. Announced a fully revised and re- energised website dastkarihaat.org that not only reveals our 35 years of work, but the entire atmosphere of our crafts bazaars, with videos, skill demonstrations and very short snippets of crafts persons speaking. Reveals the forthcoming separate shopping website where the Dastkari Haat Samiti’s over 200 products exclusively designed with its artisan and artist members during its multiple formal and informal projects over the years will be offered to customers.

It is a spectacular event and opportunity here for the artisans to represent their skills and talk about their lives during the pandemic.

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