Dastkari Haat Samiti brings forth a vibrant exhibition 

This festive season, the Capital will light up with more than just twinkling lights. That is because, Jaya Jaitly, President at Dastkari Haat Samiti has taken up the task to organise a unique exhibition and crafts bazaar to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

The week long bazaar started on October 1, at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi.

The 8-day long event, which is an ode to the Mahatma – who revolutionalized the handloom and handicraft sector – will feature 90 artisans handpicked by the Samiti from remote parts of India including some hitherto unknown crafts persons who are largely unable to travel to Delhi, and others who have made a special effort to offer new items and designs in their art or craft forms.

Some of the works which will be showcased in the exhibition are bead work and gudia shilp from Jhabua, MP; wooden comb and paper machie bird, Ujjain, MP; thread jewellery from Uttaranchal; silver jewellery from Rajasthan, weaving, bandani and wood work from Gujarat; embroidery and block from Hardoi, UP; to name a few.

A nurturer, supporter and innovator of handmade and handcrafted products and artisans Indian crafts, Gandhiji helped India's economy and gave the craftspersons a platform to grow. This exhibition celebrates that movement.

At a time when fast fashion is at its peak, a show like this brings us back to swades and is unapologetic of its rejection of a lifestyle that is not sustainable.

The highlight of the event includes a special tribute by the craftspersons to Mahatma Gandhi – where in 25 hand crafted images of him, each one made in a different textile craft styles such as handloom weaving, tie and dye work, shibori embroidery, batik, durry weaving, traditional art like godhna, gond, patachitra,among others combined with art are at display. Crafts like wood carving and inlay, bamboo work, glass work, to name a few are used to depict Mahatma Gandhi. This will be a unique exhibition at Twin Art Gallery.

Replete with traditional skills and integral to our nation's cultural fabric, the handicraft products will include home decor, hand painted divas, trinkets, textiles and other rich essentials perfect for the festive season. To add and support the environment and the plastic ban, special cloth bags are being made for goods. This crafts bazaar will offer you the perfect mood to enjoy the slight nip in the air and appreciate everything that is handmade and sustainable.

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