If anyone asks me the list of to-do-weekend items, there will be one entry there for sure - and that is 'Shopping'. But this weekend, shopping was done in a different place with a different experience - at the Crafts Bazaar held at Valluvar Kottam, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Never before, I have seen so many artisans at the same place ; with such a rich variety of Indian crafts - some of which I have never known to exist before.
The Crafts Bazaar 2010' organized by the Crafts Council of India is an exhibition of traditional, tribal and contemporary crafts from all over the country. The bazaar itself is a totally different experience with over 150 artisans participating from different parts of the country and the specialty of this bazaar is that the artisans sell directly to the customer.
One has a lot of options to choose from - the shell crafts, mats from Tamilnadu, tribal jewellery from Nagaland, stone work from Orissa, beaded work from Gujurat, neem wooden combs from NewDelhi were some of the items under display. In short,the bazaar is a rich Indian feast for the eyes and anyone who visits the bazaar is sure to walk out happily with their shopping finds.
Leather hangings, puppets and lamp shades with intricate art work from Andhra Pradesh. I had my eye on the black and white lamp shade each time I crossed the store...
Terracotta products from West Bengal!
Beautiful spoons and Shells embedded in wooden boxes ...
Dwarka Prasad and Bhagwati Lal from Rajasthan posing for our camera with a kaavad ( a box with numerous doors that is used for story-telling ) in his hand.Some day I would like to get a kaavad pictured with my own story ... ;-) !!
Exquisite Silver Jewellery
Wooden Blocks used for Block printing from New Delhi. (The Artist's name is Mohammad Ayyub; He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Crafts Council of India (CCI) also had their own store in the name of their founder Kamala. Their terracotta items were finely crafted with even the minor details taken into account.
The elegant display of crafts by CCI !!
Colorful Lacquer-ware from Karnataka...!!!
P.S: The bazaar opened on October 8 and concludes on October 17 at Valluvar Kottam, Nungambakkam.