The 200 plus stalls from 22 states of India combine cutting edge design with centuries old traditions, in collaboration with Delhi Tourism will be turning the long abandoned Kisan Haat at Andheria More into a dynamic cultural and craft hub.
Hopefully, a permanent home, for Dastkar exhibitions and bazaars after many years of wandering, this year’s NATURE BAZAAR, will be the first of many such events, changing with the festive calendar and seasons. The venue is ideally positioned on the main intersection between South Delhi and Gurgaon, just opposite the Chattarpur Metro station.
“It’s been a long journey from our first Dastkari Bazaar at Triveni Kala Sangam in 1981, where 15 groups nervously came to sell their wares in Delhi for the very first time, to the current mammoth event” said Ms Laila Tyabji, Chairperson Dastkar.
The techniques and products of South and North, East and West – and of course the wonderful tribal and textile crafts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are all represented here – given a new contemporary avatar . Designers and craftspeople have worked together to make traditional craft skills functional, beautiful and responding to changing consumer profiles
This years Special attraction will be Handspun & hand-woven khadi, Organic & natural dyed cotton, costume & hand crochet jewelry, Parsi Embroidery, Kolhapuri Chappals, Embroidered felted rugs and much more.
The NATURE BAZAAR always highlights eco-friendly products made from natural fibres, herbal and organic produce, vegetable dyes – and this continues to be a feature of the bazaar.
This year’s NATURE BAZAAR’s NATURE theme, is THE FOREST – bringing together the fauna and flora, images and elements of 19 years of Dastkar NATURE BAZAARS. In this crafted forest, you will find your most loved products, but also new creativity and color. Truly Trees of Life, symbolizing the growing, spreading Dastkar Tree of craft producers.
Performances, music, workshops and demonstrations bring THE FOREST and NATURE BAZAAR alive, as do appetizing street snacks and regional food from across the country.
Dastkar, the 31 year old Society for Crafts & Craftspeople has been working with craftspeople all over India for over 30 years. Dastkar currently works with over 250 different producer groups and impacts the lives of a staggering 37000 artisans, many of them women who entered the urban marketplace for the first time through Dastkar.