An Affair With Craft

The annual Dastkari Craft Bazaar by Dastkari Haat Samiti is one of the most awaited and popular craft events of Delhi. Visitors often swarm in and out to check out the pretty decor and the buzz of the place.

Highlight: Iranian Culture

Iran Culture House, New Delhi will be bringing in craftsmen with traditional skills from Iran. Yes, the bazaar is hosting artisans from Iran and India, participating in crafts workshops, with live demonstrations giving visitors an opportunity to visitors to interact, learn, appreciate and explore Iranian handicrafts and textiles. Nine Iranian artists have been invited to join 200 Indian craftspeople to showcase their products.

The Weekend Jazz

Cultural performances by Baul Singers from Bengal,  folk singers and dancers from Rajasthan and Chhau have been organised for visitors to have a greater cultural experience!

Dastkari Haat Bazaar. Picture courtesy: Dastkari Haat Samiti Facebook page
Dastkari Haat Bazaar. Picture courtesy: Dastkari Haat Samiti Facebook page

What To Buy? 

An art and craft bazaar is the perfect place to pick up pretty things, right? So splurge on home decor, tilework, rugs and other fancy stuff. You can visit the Papier Machie stall that has pretty handicrafts from Kashmir. There is another stall that has enamelware created using Minakari, an ancient art form, prettily done in blue.

Dastkari Haat Bazaar. Picture courtesy: Dastkari Haat Samiti Facebook page
Dastkari Haat Bazaar. Picture courtesy: Dastkari Haat Samiti Facebook page

You will also find Persian carpets and rugs with different, intricate designs, hand-woven Iranian rugs, carpets and seat covers. Not just clothes and artefacts, the bazaar has stalls for custom calligraphy in Farsi, using gold ink. I think this will make for a great frame in your living room and even an interesting gift for someone.

Dastkari Haat Bazaar. Picture courtesy: Dastkari Haat Samiti Facebook page

Find metal carvings, miniature paintings, turquoise artefacts and a lot of other pretty things that wouldn’t be available so easily otherwise. It sounds like something I want to try. Will I see you there?

When: Till Sunday, 15 January 2017

Where: Dilli Haat, Delhi

Nearest metro station: INA

 

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This Delhi girl loves to explore the untouched corners of the capital. You will usually find her sipping coffee at an unidentified coffee shop, observing you.