Want to deck up your home the traditional way? How about picking up art and craft items made by artists and artisans from across the country?
Walk in to Kaleidoscope — an ongoing exhibition that is showcasing products from all over India — organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Artists from across the country have brought together a kaleidoscope of their work.
From homemade incense and perfumes to wooden cravings and brass inlays, tribal handicrafts to pottery and handmade charcoal paintings, glass paintings — there is everything that can completely transform the look of your house.
At the exhibition, we met Nilesh, who comes from the Ranthambhore School of Art. His paintings in charcoal are about various interpretations of the tiger. Craftsmen Sardar Hussain, Faraaz Aqeel and Arshad Kafeel from Uttar Pradesh were displaying wooden products with fine cravings and brass inlays. The cravings are minute and are handmade.
Tsering Phuntsuk came from Majnu ka Tilla to hawk Tibetan handicrafts made by the vocational trainees at the Tibetan Children’s Village. ‘The proceeds from this sale will go to the TCV,’ he said.
Women’s group Women’s Development Society came all the way from Mussoorie and brought along with them unstitched fabrics like light silk printed with plant and flower dyes.
Apart from handicrafts, we spotted a lot of beadwork on clothes and jewellery like handmade earrings. Also on sale were skirts, lehengas, cholis and saris in fabrics like silk and cotton from states like Maharashtra and tie and dye from Rajasthan. There were also fabrics from Bihar and Uttarakhand.
There was a huge collection of magnetic compasses, reminiscent of the colonial era, with poems inscribed on it. These were metallic with a brass coating.
One could also pick up the famous blue pottery from Jaipur and also colourful umbrellas with heavy threadwork done on them. We spotted pretty hourglasses, figures of various gods made of marble and blue stone. There were home decor items like kites and fishes made of cloth that can be used as wall hanging, brass items like candlestands and photo frames, incense holders and others. One could also buy clutches and handbags with pictures of yesteryear Bollywood stars and Mughal rulers printed on them.
For the visitors, there was added entertainment in the form of the Rajasthani Ghumar dance performed by children from the nearby slum.
Worth a visit, we would say.
At: PHD House, 4/2, Sri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg
On Till: 11 July, 11 am to 7 pm