Exhibitions

Saluting the Indian Dastkari at the ‘Dastkar Expo 2015’!

Another day, another exhibition, but the same Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath! I just love coming to this place and it manages to spring up something new every single time! This time it was Dastkar Expo 2015, a beautiful craft fair celebrating the Dastkari or craftsmanship of Indian artists all over India! (The fair is on till 19 July 2015) Take a look at what this fair has to offer:

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I was greeted by these stunning wooden carved artifacts, wall-mounted and table decor accents bang at the entrance! Loved these  reclining Ganpatis! Needless to say, I was completely floored!

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My next stop was this stall from Rampur, U.P. showcasing their exquisite work in brass. In fact, there were quite a few stalls from across India with brass statuettes at Dastkar. Its probably my incurable love for everything brass that makes me go weak in the knees every time I spot it somewhere and I feel compelled to capture them through my lens! Enjoy the next few illustrations…

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This enchantingly vibrant stall from Jaipur remains my absolute favourite – jharoka screens, distressed furniture, colourful vases, animal shaped stools, frames, clocks, eclectic cabinets, quirky malhar art accents – there’s nothing here that you will not like! Take a look –

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For all those who love oxidized jewellery, bags, Kolhapuris, and other accessories, there are plenty of options for you – from bright kutch-embroidered clutches, wallets, Kalamkari and hand block-printed handbags, and sling bags to quirky neckpieces, earrings, bangles, and bracelets! You will probably have a hard time deciding what to buy!!

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I loved this l stall from Kutch, Gujarat put up by a husband-wife duo, showcasing beautiful bed and table linens, and other accessories resplendent with colourful Kutch embroidery! (And, may I just add – guiltily, sheepishly, whatever you may call it!), I acquired yet another over sized clutch for myself from them!

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Your search for indigenous hand-crafted dress materials and ready-to-stitch apparels will probably end here! From Phulkari to Ikat to Kutch embroidery, there is something for everyone!

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Whether its the Khurja pottery canisters or the vibrant metallic bird-shaped garden accessories, all of them had a WOW element!

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Bed, bath, table linen, cushions, everything in abundance at this stall from Jaipur showcasing an array of Indian weaves – Kalamkari, Bagru, Applique, Kutch and Kantha Embroidery.

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I had a lot of fun exploring various arty stuff and shopping at the Dastkar. Hope you have a good time too. Your thoughts/comments on this post are most welcome! Cheers!

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