Dastkari Haat Diwali Craft Bazaar to begin from Oct 8th-12th at Mehrauli
What will visitors find at the Crafts Bazaar? Organic, block printed bedsheets and furnishings, baskets, bright jewellery, kaftans and dresses made with waste fabric, wire craft, and much more
Promoting India's rich craft heritage for more than 35 years now, Dastkari Haat Samiti has been at the forefront of supporting the crafts community and building a thriving artisan-buyer ecosystem. At a time when the national capital is adapting to the new normal, the most-anticipated Dastkari Haat Diwali Crafts Bazaar comes as a breath of fresh air for aiding artisanal livelihood, and presenting unique, regional crafts for visitors to get their homes Diwali-ready. With all necessary COVID-19 precautions in place, the crafts bazaar runs October 8th-12th at Gallery1AQ, Mehrauli.
A ray of hope
The Dastkari Haat Samiti has been working with artisans from the first day of the lockdown to ensure they had adequate rations and support systems. It has financially aided those who were in distress and could not pay their rent, school fees, urgent medical treatment and other needs. That’s not all, the Samiti also organised craftspeople across the country to adapt their skills to mask-making. Via press write-ups, wide e-distribution of catalogues and personal outreach, the Samiti geared itself to direct nearly Rs 5 lakh worth of sales towards marketing masks in many varieties. It also encouraged its members among traditional artists to make COVID-themed paintings, which have also brought about good sales.
Craft, colour, and culture at the Diwali Crafts Bazaar
The season is changing, and weavers, sculptors and artisans from across the country are now ready with their wonderful ware that is as distinctive as it is beautiful.
What will visitors find at the Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar this time? Organic, block printed bedsheets and furnishings by master artisans of Rajasthan. Baskets, bright and bold jewellery, kaftans and dresses made with waste gamcha fabric by artisans from Rangeela Dhaga, an NGO. Eye-catching wire craft by a Delhi-based craftsperson, who will be showcasing jali cutwork wire lamps and other items for Diwali.
A new Pichwai artist will be presenting at the Haat for the first time with his artworks, pichwais made using gold, silver and natural colours. Aesthetic and utilitarian terracotta items by the Prajapati community, who have been doing this for generations will also be displaying their special Diwali range. Customers can also sample beautiful handcrafted masks, amazing traditional art with COVID-related themes that are commentaries of our times, worth preserving for history. With 45 to 55 stalls in place, these are just some of the many arts, crafts and decor that one will find at Dastkari Haat Diwali Crafts Bazaar this October.
Precautions in place
Craftspeople will wear masks and have sanitizers with them at each stall. The organizers also request all buyers to not enter without masks. Temperature will be taken at the gate and strict social distancing will be maintained. Craftspeople have been longing to breathe the vibrant air of a typical Dastkari Haat bazaar and meet their favourite customers again face-to-face even if the masks cover their smiles. 1AQ, Qutub Minar is a beautiful venue with space to breathe, move around and keep a comfortable distance from one another.
Making use of the virtual marketplace
The Dastkari Haat Samiti’s Instagram and Facebook have also brought many inquiries and sales. The Samiti now has its own online marketing platform dastkarihaat.com with most of its own innovatively designed products.
“We want to ensure this festive season is different. We have come forward to meet customers half way. If you love craft, human endeavour and creativity, and want to do your bit to keep our craftspeople energised and our traditional arts alive, don’t miss our Dastkari Haat Diwali Crafts Bazaar at Gallery1AQ.” says Jaya Jaitly, President at Dastkari Haat Samiti.