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Dastkar South Asian Bazaar in association with Delhi Tourism.
Dastkar South Asian Bazaar brings together the cultural richness and diversity of south Asian countries namely India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. This event serves as a colorful window to our neighboring world and its hand craft and culture.
Threads & Textures – Binding us together
Dastkar re-opens its NATURE BAZAAR venue at Andheria Modh after the monsoon break with an exciting SOUTH ASIAN BAZAAR. Craftspeople and crafts organizations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Afghanistan come together with their Indian counterparts to share and showcase talents, techniques, and products. Threads and textures of diverse crafts and textiles - binding and bringing us together. Craft is a unique strength that Asian countries share. A centuries-old common cultural heritage of extraordinary weaving, embroidery, block printing, leather and metal work, wood carving, basketry, and terracotta traditions connects us together at a time when politics and land and water disputes seek to divide us.
The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar in association with Delhi Tourism is a coming together of these common strands – a meeting and celebration of skillsets, traditions, and people. Pakistani ajrakh block printing, and leatherwork will find matching echoes with that of craftspeople from Rajasthan and Kutch, while women phulkari, jisti, and suf embroiderers from Punjab and Barmer will counter those from Sind and Afghanistan. Shibori tiedye and indigo dying from Bangladesh will vie with Indian bandini and laheria. Kantha and sozni embroidery link both countries, but each has its own characteristic style and motif tradition. The basketry and intricate backstrap weaving of Bhutan, literally “embroidery on the loom,” has resonances with that of Assam and the North East, while Indian ikat and Bangladesh jamdani weaving will display the intricacy and skill of other handloom weaving traditions.
Embroidered, punched and cutwork leather is a specialty of both Punjab and Rajasthan, and juthi makers from across the borders meet and compete. Each country and region shares a common heritage of amazing and varied craft traditions, with each region and community developing its own unique skill directory and identity. Come discover the richness and diversity of South Asian Crafts. The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar is a small but colourful window to our neighbouring world and its hand crafts and culture. Workshops on design, marketing, and product development, will provide a forum for sharing expertise and experiences, and food, dance and music will add their own magic to the ambience.
About Dastkar : Crafts and craftspeople have a vital role to play in contemporary India – not just as a part of its cultural and aesthetic past, but as a part of its economic future.
Dastkar is committed to prepare the craftsperson, the craft product and the consumer, for the future.