Jan. 18, 2013
-- The Fourth
Dastkar Basant Bazaar, 2013 edition in partnership with Delhi Tourism, a Spring Festival showcasing crafts and craftspeople from all over India, will take place at Dastkar’s permanent venue Nature Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Anuvrat Marg, Andheria Modh, Chhattarpur, New Delhi. The BAZAAR will be held between 22nd February – 10th March 2013, daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm,
With the beautiful ‘Lotus’ as its theme and inspiration BASANT BAZAAR 2013 is DASTKAR’s third event at this ideal location.
BASANT BAZAAR 2013 will bring together around 160 craft groups from over 20 states, with around 15 new designers, representing a wide range of authentic quality handlooms and handicrafts. DASTKAR’s belief in innovative design as a motor for sustaining traditional crafts will be seen in both the work of designers working directly with various craft groups, as well as the creativity of the artisans themselves.
The above is also a prime reason in selecting the current theme. As spring breathes new life into nature, The DASTKAR BASANT BAZAAR 2013 will present the many beauties of regional crafts and textiles, so often created in Dusty, Earthy conditions. The beautiful Lotus has its roots in mud but the flower floats perfect and pure on the water’s surface, symbolising regeneration. Gods and Goddesses rise from a lotus bed or carry the flower in their hand. It is the flower of creation, divine beauty and purity of heart and mind. So too does the splendour and beauty of the finished handcrafted products emerge from humble Clay, Bamboo Cane, Grasses and Coconut Fibres, Cotton Yarns and Silk Worm Cocoons, transformed by the skilled hands of craftspeople across the country and ready to be discovered by Delhi-ites at BASANT BAZAAR!
DASTKAR has always worked to empower women and support the central role and capacities of craftswomen in particular. As part of a current breast cancer awareness campaign, The Indian Cancer Society will also be present at BASANT BAZAAR to disseminate information on this cause.
Visitors to DASTKAR events have also now come to expect an enriching outing that always goes beyond just a very satisfying buying experience. In the best DASTKAR tradition, BASANT BAZAAR 2013 will have on offer, stimulating and informative interactive workshops and craft demonstrations that will delight the child and adult alike. Alongside will also be a mouth-watering selection of regional food stalls. The event will be animated by cultural performances in a vibrant, colourful and attractive setting where visitors can dialogue directly with the craftspeople who have made their hand-crafted wares, faithful to the rich techniques and diverse traditions and heritage of our vast 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