Something for everyone

'Dastkar' exhibition

Something for everyone

Dastkar Expo’, an exhibition of handloom and handicraft products, is being organised till March 26 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

The exhibition cum sale has a traditional flavour to it, with art and craft from different states of India being displayed all under one roof.

One can find antique iron and wood handicrafts from Jaipur. Colourful home decor items including wall clocks and garden decor like attractive pot holders in different shapes are the highlight of this stall.

For those looking for garments in ‘chikan’ work, the Lucknow ‘chikan’ stall has a variety of readymade tops, palazzo pants, ‘salwars’ and ‘dupattas’ in cotton and chiffon. The intricate needle and thread work stands out in each of the pieces.
The stall from Assam has cotton saris as well as the ethnic ‘mekhela chadar’ and saris in ‘muga silk’.

 “There are traditional motifs in most of the outfits. The designs are collected from the eight states of the North East and the weaving is done at home,” says Shilpi Rani, the stall manager. There are also ‘pat’ silk saris in vibrant colours at this stall.
For jewellery enthusiasts, the stall from Odisha is a good place to head to. There are pure silver pieces in filigree work here.

    “This fine work is from Cuttack which is also called the ‘silver city’ and it is the most sought-after craft of Odisha. We have earrings, necklaces, chains and bangles on sale,” said Syed Riajat Ali from the stall.

Khurja pottery from UP is also one of the attractions at the exhibition. “They are all ceramic, handcrafted pieces, which are safe for microwave use. Although it is popularly known as ‘blue pottery’, we have a myriad of patterns and colours available,” said Muneer, the stall attendant.

Sona, a visitor, said that she visits ‘Dastkar’ every year. “It has a nice ethnic flavour to it and there is a good variety of products on display. I have bought some silver jewellery. The fabrics also look interesting and I am looking at buying some for my cupboard shutters.”

Soumya Varma seemed enchanted by the Maheshwari saris and the ‘kalamkari kurtas’ and jackets. “It’s a well-organised exhibition and by way of coming here, I feel that I am also helping and encouraging artisans.”

The exhibition stocks readymade garments as well as dress materials and many more decorative items.

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