Saturday, November 22, 2014

Products made by hand



The unusual rains played spoil sport on the last two days of Dastkari Haat that was held in Pune this month. The reflection on the wet tiles is good from a photograph’s point of view but I could imagine the plight of the craftsmen with their wares who were not at all prepared for this onslaught. 




The display in some of the stalls are worth mentioning. 



By the absence of the middlemen, the artisans could price the items reasonably which was a delight for the customers.



We got this double bed cover (which is double layered) for just Rs 1500/- If you look closely you can see the amount of work that has gone into it which is all done by hand. 


For over three centuries, the metal working artisans have been making hand beaten copper wares. But today their numbers have dwindled considerably.  Coppre  works with a small settlement of these artisans with an effort to bring them to the mainstream. 


These bangles are made pretty by the colourful beads on it. A pair costs Rs 50/-    I was taken in by the simplicity of this elderly couple who made these bangles at home.   



Colourful chappals made of pure leather. 



Noticed many foreigners who were impressed by the wares on display. One of them said  “these same items are available in the shops at the airport and they are so costly”  
The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a nationwide association that brings together craftspeople from all parts of India on a common platform to expand the market for products made by hand using traditional skills. 






A group of musicians kept the customers  entertained with their Rajasthani folk music and some impressive puppet show.
 Wifey says that she will keep a lookout for the next Dastkari Haat exhibition. According to her “there is no point in going to big renowned stores in the city and end up paying double the price for the same items”


Have made a small video with more pictures and video clips. (click on the link below)

PS: (24.11.14) After posting this, many enquired about the next Haat in Pune. When I contacted Dastkari Haat Samiti, this is what they told me: "Our Grand annual Craft Bazaar is at Dilli Haat at New Delhi from 1-15 Jan and in Chennai at Kalakshetra from 6th to 15th Feb. After the encouraging response from Pune we hope to come again next year with new people, things and entertainment"

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

The first is so colourful. - Charles

Henny Penny said...

Oh, such beautiful things! I would love to visit there. Also enjoyed the video and the music!

orvokki said...

beautiful different things for sail, I would want some to me.
Lovely market photos.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
What delightful things... and what late rains!!! YAM xx

harman singh said...

love the bangles ,shoes ..so colorful..
very reasonably priced
..thanks for sharing!

Gail said...

I would be in hog heaven there!!! I do not see one thing I don't like.

I love the cover you've chosen. I have never been able to get my stitches the same size.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wow, absolutely amazing wares! Thanks for sharing. What beautiful work!

Daisy said...

Wonderful colorful photos! I would enjoy visiting there and shopping.

Sharmila said...

We were going away on a trip but was lucky to catch the first two days of the haat. Absolutely loved it and bought a few things too.

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

there are some interesting items here :)

Arti said...

What a lovely collection by skilled artisans - loved your pick!

Missy George said...

Beautiful fabrics and leathers. So colorful. What a fun place to shop. Have a wonderful day.

Gail said...

A place I would love to visit.

Locomente said...

I liked the idea of artisans selling their products directly and not through intermediary. And, each of the items look so colorful and I feel like buying a few myself...

Thanks for sharing the colorful pictures... It was a delight...

Felicia said...

there are some beautiful handmade items in your images. TFS

Rama Ananth said...

I love such exhibitions,Dastakari especially has always been very good. They have it here too, and I have purchased a lot from. Thanks for sharing such lovely photos.

Linda said...

Wow, very nice! :)

Anita said...

Really pretty! So many arts & crafts!
Proud of incredible India!

Poppy said...

Intriguingly beautiful colours, textures, and patterns.

Lady Lilith said...

How cool. some people are so talented and amazing.

Alka Gurha said...

Dastakari Haat was held in Gurgaon also but I could not attend. Such bright pictures. A photographers delight.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello, greetings and good wishes.

Lovely photos and interesting information. India is extremely rich in handicrafts. Every region in India has something special.

Best wishes

Purba said...

The stalls, the displays look so delightful! I wish were there in Pune!

Nandana Nallapu said...

Lovely captures. Stuff looks so pretty. Makes me miss Pune. Thanks for the p.s :)

Sue Demeter-St Clair said...

Beautiful pics :) I could spend hours there looking at everything.

Sandhya said...

Dastkari comes here also every year, yes, at Kalakshetra. I love to buy things from this exhibition. Your photographs are too good. More people will visit after seeing them!

My Unfinished Life said...

I love love love dastkari haat mela when it happens in my city!!!


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A Cuban In London said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. The sandals were exceptionally gorgeous.

Greetings from London.

magiceye said...

Wonder if they have Mumbai in their plans

Pratishtha Khan said...

Mumbai has it's own arts fest happening right now at the Bandra Reclamation. Our crafts are so beautiful. Hope they last!

Karen Xavier said...

So cool! I see so may beautiful things... will check out the one in Chennai in February. Thanks for letting us know, this looks really good, especially the beaten copper lamp shades.

Lady Lilith said...

Nice finds. Everything is so colorful.

Joyce Lansky said...

Cool photos.

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Katherine Unique said...

Honey as usual sensational post! You make it with such passion and commitment,
it's nice to read! I hope these posts as much as possible and as often as possible!
I'm your biggest fan - you can count on me at any time! :-*


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Katherine Unique

D.Nambiar said...

The wares look so attractive!