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Mild yet powerful: An artwork depicting the theme of the fair, ‘the elephant’.
Mild yet powerful: An artwork depicting the theme of the fair, ‘the elephant’.

14th Nature Bazaar opens at Dilli Haat

The elephant combines size and power with gentleness, wisdom and strength. Inspired by this fact, Dastkar is celebrating the robust elephant as a wonderful role model at its 14th Nature Bazaar that opened at Dilli Haat on Wednesday.

The fortnight-long fair also commemorates Dastkar’s 25th anniversary and the country’s 60th year of Independence.

Over the years, Dastkar’s annual craft and environmental fair, the Nature Bazaar, has become an important and eagerly awaited event in the socio-cultural calendar of the Capital. Every year the fair’s innovative, holistic and lively themes that intertwine nature with the rich culture of the country make it different from other exhibitions. This year the theme is the elephant as seen through the eyes of craftspeople.

Over the past months, craftspeople from across the country have been working to develop products based on the elephant theme. Besides a theme stall exhibiting the elephant products, the fair is displaying elephants crafted in coir, burnt wood, cast in lost wax metal, made into mobiles and hangings. Pattachitra elephant jigsaws, elephant pendants and elephant stuffed toys are also up for grabs.

More than 200 organisations and crafts groups are celebrating nature and craft, using motifs and materials that are indigenously produced and inspired by the nature around. The Nature Bazaar is also a forum for environmental, social and cultural concerns, bringing together ideas and issues as well as people. It is also showcasing products like vegetable dyes, herbal cosmetics, handmade stationery, acne cures and litchi honey.

A blend of tradition and modernity, Nature Bazaar is offering a huge range of craft products like garments, soft furnishings, accessories, jewellery, toys, bags, footwear, pottery and folk art. Gift and decorative items, - traditional craft skills designed and coordinated by Dastkar to suit contemporary lifestyles and tastes are also being showcased.

Besides the famous blue pottery from Jaipur and the black pottery tigers of Ranthambhore, the fair is showcasing cane, wood and bamboo furniture from the North-East and Uttar Pradesh. Folk jewellery from Karnataka and Chhattisgarh and Kaladera is also a popular offering.

Madhur Tankha

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