200 organizations and craftspeople from 18 states celebrating nature, people, craft, color, and everyday life will be at the 18th Dastkar Nature Bazaar.
With an open air setting, the perfect ambience for color, festivity, food, and fun as well as
education and shopping, the 11 days bazaar will link nature and craft, tradition and change, age-old skills and innovative new solutions.
The theme for this Nature Bazaar will be the “ TIGER” , India’ s national yet endangered animal. Banners as well as other static & mobile display materials will project the magnificent beast. A special stall will exhibit new products made by craftspeople in their traditional idioms, inspired by the “Tiger”. A select jury will be awarding the artisan with the best tiger art (not happy with these words) amongst the selected products.
Laila Tayabji, Chairperson Dastkar said "The Dastkar NATURE BAZAAR began in Delhi 17 years ago, with the environmentalist and tiger expert, Valmik Thapar, giving us the idea that craftspeople should go back to Nature as a source of inspiration - using natural materials and fibres, and recreating motifs and images of birds, animals, flowers and foliage. Since then, NATURE in Delhi has been an annual feature, with each year having a special theme, encouraging craftspeople to ideate and create new interpretations and products."
Interspersed between the Crafts Groups, Design Corners and Food Stalls will also be a colorful series of performances, interactive workshops on craft and the environment, and cultural events, specially choreographed to match with the sporting and tiger themes of the season.
The 18th Dastkar Nature Bazaar will also have the Bhule Bisre Behurupia Impersonators in tiger costumes, wandering amongst the crowds as well as the dramatic Bagh Nritya (masked Tiger Dance troupe from Orissa).
Ancient performance arts including Kalarippayattu, the ancient martial and performance arts of Kerala, Kutchi Musicians with their distinctive instruments and sufi and bhajan inspired fusion, Martial Dhol Cholam and Thangta Dances from Manipur, dominated by drums, swords and shields, Traditional Dha Archery and Masked Dancers from Bhutan will be other attractions.
For children the Dastkar Nature Bazaar will have special workshops, games including Street Magic – the Indian Rope Trick, Cup & Ball, Flying Man, and other sleight of Hand and Magical Tricks.
Craft Workshops in Madhubani Painting, Pottery, and Doll Making, Puppetry etc – taught by the craftspeople themselves will be another attraction. The Craft Design Section will also showcases new exciting designs developed in the craft sector by different organizations and 20 entrepreneurs using crafts and textiles in exciting, innovative ways, in Apparel, Home Accessories, Bags, Gift Items, Wood & Glass etc. The Crafts Design Section also includes the products developed during the design workshops organized by Dastkar and funded by the French “Accor Foundation”. 10 crafts groups in leather and fibre were guided to make new contemporary products.
In addition, NATURE will showcase an enormous range of crafted products in natural fibers(banana, cane, bamboo, sikki & golden grass, jute) and materials (weaves, block prints, garments, soft furnishings, jewelry, toys, leather, pottery, painting, accessories, gift and decorative items) - traditional crafts techniques adapted by Dastkar for contemporary lifestyles and tastes. Organic Food Grains, Herbal Products, and Bags made from recycled waste will carry on the NATURE theme. For the first time, the vibrant and elegant textiles and hand skills of Bhutan will be featured at a mini Bhutan Festival within the Bazaar. Bhutanese crafts groups will be accompanied by Traditional Dha Archery, Masked Dance and Music from the land of “Druk Yul” (Land of Dragons).
The Dastkar Nature Bazaar is not only a crafts bazaar but also a forum where social and
environmental ideas are exchanged, providing a platform for awareness on a number of social issues. NGOs like Steps for Change etc will participate in the bazaar to present their messages through various activities.
Dastkar introduces new crafts and craftspeople to the Delhi audience each year. These
Year it includes Hao Crafts from Manipur, new Maheshwari and Chanderi Groups from Madhya Pradesh, Sanji and Wood products by Noor, An Aga Khan Foundation initiative.
PRABHAT (school for children with learning difficulties)
There will be a food Court with an exciting range of exotic cuisines with a regional twist, and a special emphasis on traditional Delhi, Maharastrian, Rajasthani, Kerala and Hyderabadi cuisines. Food includes Nizam’s kathirolls, Bhalla Papri, Allo Tikki and other mouth watering snacks from Prince Chaat. The sought after heritage delicacy – Daulat ki Chaat. Pizzas and Pastas, Organic food, The JIYO range of pickles, snacks, thaalis and masalas from Andhra. Jaipuri gajak and papads. Suparis & Saufs
Dastkar is a registered society and NGO with over 29 years of working in the craft sector
and a national outreach of over 200 crafts groups in 18 states; sharing a warm relationship of mutual respect and trust with its participant craftspeople, and offering them support services that includes skills training, design and product development through the year. It is committed to breaking the barriers that separate the craftspeople from mainstream urban markets, reviving and revitalizing both the craft and the community. The Dastkari Bazaars and Exhibitions are the culmination of this process.