INDIA: The Annual Dastkari Haat Samiti “Handmade Design 09”

Artisans from all over India are back with new innovations in crafts and textiles.
Dates and Venue: 8th-14th October 2009 at Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, 159/61 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 10:30 am 6:30.00 pm daily.

Highlights: UNESCO award winning Palm Leaf jewelry. Design oriented hand made products by local artisans and locally sourced materials.

The highly anticipated DASTKARI HAAT SAMITI HANDMADE DESIGN EXHIBITION is back in the city with its promise of ethnic arts and crafts designed in a contemporary style. Just in time for your Diwali shopping, it is perfect place shop for sarees, textiles, personal and home accessories, stationary, art and gifts from all over India. The focus of the exhibition as always is on products that are handmade by local artisans across the country with strong contemporary design inputs.

Headed by Ms. Jaya Jaitly, well-known social and political activist, the DASTKARI HAAT SAMITI is a not-for-profit, nationwide association that provides a common platform to artisans all over India to showcase their craft, market them and help them towards self reliance.

The exhibition will be a dazzling showcase of dying Indian art forms, and the immense creativity and skill of their makers. One can expect statement making and ethical precuts such as Palm leaf jewellery from Tamil Nadu which won the UNESCO Seal of Excellence Award this year for good design, quality and marketability.

It is bold and it's beautiful…It's earthy and sophisticated…It's a groundbreaking collection of pieces and objects that says confidently: look out world – Indian handmade arts and crafts are coming of age. While Indian art forms are the rage all over the world here is your chance to find a comprehensive slice of India through the hands of skilled craftspersons. Gondi Art from Madhya Pradesh, Terracota figurines and displays from  and Rajasthan, resplendent Tussar silk sarees from Bihar, Handloom shawls from Gujarat, Applique work from Rajasthan, Ikat weaves from Orissa, Kantha work from Chattisgarh, Patti Kaam ( leaf work) on delicate fabrics from Uttar Pradesh, Chanderi handlooms, and Crystal glass jewellery and figurines  from Delhi

DON'T MISS Dastkari Haat Samiti exclusives. The Samiti will also bring its popular crafts maps and artistic stationery.

"Craft and design in today's world is important for how it innovates to get creations to the market. This is especially true for India where in many cases traditional craftspersons don't have access to a local manufacturing base, funds, design inputs or marketing support. And those are the issues that the Dastkari Haat Samiti addresses. We work with them at the local level helping them get access to raw material, give them design inputs and the success stories are represented through these exhibitions we carry out in major cities across India. When you buy a product from our exhibition, not only do you get a unique handcrafted product, you actively participate in preserving Indian arts and crafts and in  sustaining the livelihoods of the craftsperson’s," says Ms. Jaya Jaitly, President of the Dastkari Haat Samiti.

The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a not for profit organization and all proceeds from the sales go directly to craftsperson’s.

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Added: October 3, 2009 Source: Press Release
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