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The very first Dastkar Design Fair, is being oragnised which will showcase contemporary craft design, featuring the work of innovative designers working with traditional craft hand-skills in handloom textiles, regional embroidery styles, garments, jewellery, accessories, decorative objects and furniture.

Dastkar, an NGO is working with crafts and craftspeople for over three decades  and strongly believes in crafts as catalytic tool for social and economic empowerment and earning. This year they have arraanged the Dastkar Design Fair with Delhi Tourism.

The festival will feature a Karvada section dedicated to the work of graduates of the only design school in India set up specifically for craftspeople.

Young textile designers innovate with block-printing techniques, or in the motifs and graphic designs that are executed on the looms of traditional ikat weavers, whilst Bhagalpur’s silk weaving tradition evolves to echo today’s consumer’s tastes and colour sensibility.

Bamboo proves its modern versatility as a material that can be finely woven to appear light and airy or as a solid, durable and eco-friendly furniture option, innovatively combined with materials as diverse as papier-mâché or LED fibre optics. In parallel to the India Art Fair, the folk and tribal art specialist Arts of the Earth Gallery will showcase regional art from Warli or Madhubani to lesser known pictorial forms from States like Assam or Gujarat. Threadwork, papier-mâché, terracotta, lac and meenakari are all ancient techniques that today find new forms and styles in the jewellery ranges of modern designers.

At Dastkar Design Fair taste a variety of cuisines at the Food Court, from Old Delhi Mughlai to Maharashtra cuisine, Chaat and Parathas along with cookies and cakes and organic teas.

Participants this year are Chicory Chai,  Mayabazaar,  Gulabi Route,  Indigene,  E’thaan,  Rema Kumar, Vriksh,  Blossoms Of Heaven, Pure Ghee Designs,  Rehwa, Unma Design, Alankriti, Ethicus, Aranya Earthcraft, Kainaat, Threads, Mura Collective,  Tuni Textiles, Ssaha  Arifa Akhtar, Kumaon Earthcraft, The Earth And Grass Workshop, Firroza, House Of Tuhina Veenu Shah, Fairgrounds Designs, Some Fine Handicrafts, Mridula Basak,  Iditri, Mool Creations, Shabnam Gitanjali, Paulami Saha,  Nobody Else, The Beehive, Organic Connect, Nisha Meherish, Young Designers,  Chandra Silk, Archana Kumari, Kauseyambara, Chaman Premji Vankar and Karvada.

When: 24 January onwards
Where: Nature Bazaar
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