Dastkar Design Fair beckons shopaholics
If you think that fashion can be found in those high- end brands and with well known designers then you are mistaken. A visit at the annual Dastkar Design Fair will prove this to you. It showcases brilliance in traditional handcrafted textiles, regional embroidery, jewellery, patterns and more. With 76 participants showcasing their own unique and exquisite designs; this place is worth a visit. Especially, for young women.
We compile a list of few stores you definitely shouldn’t skip..
If you are looking for rugs then do look out for Anjali Rana. She gets you the best collection of hand Felted Rugs coming all the way from Jammu and Kashmir under the brand Mohobbat. They also develop hand embroidered bed linen.
And that’s not all, Pala Décor from Haryana believes in recycling whatever possible to produce rugs. Be it mill wastes, cycle tubes, vegetable, grass or fruit residues. You even get here a wide range of handbags, baskets, cushions and poufs. Whatever they may use, the rugs stand out for their contemporary and beautiful looks coming at a good price.
Bags and Clutches
Antidote and Pure Ghee gets you best of the Bags and Clutches. Antidote uses the age old craft of hand knitting and leather work. The exquisite range of accessories and lifestyle products are perfect example of fine craftsmanship. These products are done using finest luxe leather. Of course, the grace and timelessness therefore unparallel.
And just like the name, Pure Ghee Designs symbolizes Indianess and purity. Started by Aditi Prakash these products have a story to tell, be it the Kitschy lungis from Hyderabad and Cochin or Gamcha from the Bihar, block printed Ajrak from Bhuj or the Shamiana material. She is an expert on making the best use of left over fabric as she brings out some unique and quirky pieces at wonderful costs.
If you are interested in Wood Work then do check out Studio Objectry. A brain child of Sugandh and Anchal. Studio Objectry focuses on experimenting with various forms and materials to give a new look to wood. They take their inspiration from modern art and architecture. The duo now plans to go beyond and try their hands on other mediums.
But if that doesn’t serve your purpose, then go for unique handcrafted wooden Pilukhwa home accessories by Organic Connect. This brand is best known for their wooden home accessories and lifestyle utilities.
If pottery grips your attention then get treated with some beautiful ones at Puneet Brar’s Windglaze Studio Pottery and Ginni Suri’s Studio Pottery. Puneet’s work is a result of seven potters hand crafting glazed ceramic stone ware while Ginni focuses more on crystalline glazing and Raku.
Lights and Lamps
Crafel- Adhya Crafts is a place to be if you want to do up your place with colorful lamps They aim to create designs best fitted for urban lifestyle. The not-for-profit organization, Adhya Crafts Organization, works toward developing the artisan communities through various channels such as – raising education level, improving healthcare conditions, skill training, enhancing water and sanitation facilities.
Home Furnishing Products
If you have home furnishing on your mind then AUREATE by Parul Bhatia can offer you endless designs. A NIFT alumnus, Parul not just designs home textiles but also stunning fashion accessories. But in case you need a touch of traditional Kashmiri embroidery then Sameer Ahmed gets you Crewl embroidery on bed linens, cushions and accessories.
In textile, Tikoli Studios by Anupama Singh offers traditional and yet contemporary work. They have come out with beautiful Kantha embroidery on jackets, stoles and bags to name a few. They work with artisans from Delhi and Bolpur to produce a variety of designer products.
And if you love those Ikats then do check out Shilpa Madaan’s timeless Ikats… Ikat textiles holds a rich story of culture. Ikat weaving is believed to have social, economic, ceremonial and traditional significance.
In this business, experience and years of work doesn’t mean there’s no competition. These young designers, founders of the new entrant Poochki are putting up a close contest to many at the fair. Master Craftsman Shree Arshad Kafeel from Pilkhwa is the man behind Poochki’s success. They call themselves the ‘textile wanderers’ and they create unusual block prints inspired by fauna with price points easy on the wallet. By the way they got their name from a Cat.
And, for those Chanderi and Kota fabric lovers, I’ll suggest you visit Shweta Gupta’s SWGT. After working with many renowned designers she has now come up with a début collection consisting of contemporary women’s wear with hand woven Chanderi silks and Kota Cotton adorned with techniques of appliqué and hand embroidery.
A’mru another designer studio displays impeccable craftsmanship of skilled artisans…They dress up independent women who value the essence of Indian craftsmanship and relish the understated elegance doused in modernity…They describe their brand as a celebration of refined taste of textile by modern men and women balancing richness and subtlety.
Among the 76 participants this year my favorite is Sonali Patnaik from whom I picked some gorgeous sarees. Sonali started a small unit in Bengal with only 7 girls. They hand print the traditional temple art on Orrisa Handloom sarees. Something I never saw before.
Sonali Patnaik, Designer, “These designs are hand-made and not done by blocks. We are paint the traditional temple art on sarees with a contemporary look..It’s done on Orissa handloom by my team of 20 young girls now. This way we are training them to take this art ahead”.
Also, 7 young designers from the Somaiya Kala Vidyalaya in Kutch bring the the most amazing block prints to bandhini and weaves based on various themes. ..
A Poonam Arjun, Designer, “We all have come from different villages in Gujarat. Everyone has his unique style while one does Bandhini the other does blocks and someone does weaving. Every designer gets support from their villagers to produce huge variety of products. We all were trained together in Somaiya Kala Vidyalaya and together we are here hoping that people will like our designs”.
Dastkar is actively working for the upliftment of artisans, documenting their art and preparing them for urban clientele for over 30years. Datskar works for economic empowerment of artisans across the country. It generates livelihood by ensuring their success throughout. Today, Dastkar has grown tremendously as they work from their independent space and support coming from Delhi Tourism.
Laila Tyabji, Founder of Dastkar says, “This space that we got now from Delhi Tourism at Andheria Modh is a huge step first. Last two years we have developed this place as a permanent crafts hub. It’s not just doing one or two exhibitions in the year. This has given us marketing platform for many more crafts people. Today, we are working with over 700 craft groups and over a lac crafts people in 25 states”.
The fair also features mesmerizing cultural performances by folk dancers and singers. And this is not all, you are treated with mouth watering authentic cuisines at the Food Court.
However, do remember that if you visit the fair during the end then you might miss out many products like me. So better be quick. With entry tickets @ just rupees 20 this place is definitely worth a visit.
Nature Bazaar is Located just near the Chattarpur Metro Station, Kisaan Haat Andheria Modh. The fair is open till 1st February 2016. You can either take metro or simply drive down.
So get your hands on some of the best designer handloom and handicraft in store.