A common strand of culture and tradition
The second edition of Dastkar’s Asia Bazaar was organised in the Capital in association with Delhi tourism that started off on 5 September at Nature Bazaar Venue. The bazaar featured craftspeople and crafts organisations from Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and their Indian counterparts to share and showcase talents, techniques and products. The event that ended up on 14 September brought together the common strands of centuries-old cultural and craft heritage.
The venture provides an opportunity for visiting delegates, customers and participants from across the borders, to learn about each others’ cultures and traditions and understand the variations of their skills being practiced in other countries. It also gives artisans an avenue to study fashion trends from across borders. It creates a bridge where they can interact and expand their ties with neighboring countries beyond business and can gauge market feedback.
This year the bazaar included - Kilim woolen rugs from Afghanistan, hand-woven dhurries by traditional weavers from Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, craftswomen from Gujarat embroidering Kutchi and suf meeting their counterparts from Sind and Afghanistan, Kanthaand sujni embroidery linking India and Pakistan, weaving traditions from Nepal meeting those from Kotpad, Odisha, Kutch and Gujarat. Asia Bazaar also brought the nomadic carpets, felted wool home accessories and urbane silk Ikats and brocades craftspeople from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirgizstan, to complement the hand-knotted rugs and crewel embroidery from Kashmir, and applique from Gujarat and Karnataka. It also featured folk paintings from Madhya Pradesh,West Bengal and Rajasthan.