Hyderabad is a hub for talented artists, rich traditions, vibrant music, and delicious food. The Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar brings together the finest Indian craftsmanship under one roof, and the first-ever Hyderabad edition is being held at the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Gachibowli.
Visitors can explore a wide range of exquisite artworks from various Indian states, including Bihar and Rajasthan, as over 80 stalls are featuring talented artists showcasing their unique crafts. One can witness mesmerizing Pattachitra art demonstrations, displays of gold leaf embossing Pichhwais, traditional Madhubani art from Bihar, exquisite miniature and terracotta artworks from Rajasthan, and much more.
According to Durga, the owner of Shree Ji Meenakari Art, a handmade silver jewellery store from Rajasthan, “Despite the intense heat, we received an amazing response from the people of Hyderabad, and I’m sure we would have had even more visitors.” Visitors could explore a variety of Indian handicrafts, including grass mats, bags, kitchen and dining accessories made with wood and shells, herbal handmade soaps, and jewellery.
Pradeep Jana, who hails from West Bengal, has been weaving mats with artificial grass since childhood. According to him, “All the mats are handwoven using individual strands of grass in our traditional style, and each mat takes over two months to make.”
Apart from mat weavers, the exhibition also featured artists who painted on canvas, sarees, and paper, as well as those who made paper using elephant poo. Most of the products displayed by the artists were eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Saurabh, who had a stall at the bazaar for baskets, kitchen and dining wear, and other items, said, “Our products are made using 100% eco-friendly materials and processes, which are inspired by soulful rural Indian colours and elements that easily bring that energy into urban spaces. We strive to make sustainable developments through crafts.”
In addition, the event featured a live performance by Dayal Bhatt and his group from Rajasthan, renowned folk musicians. Their act comprised folk songs, the Kalbelia dance, and the famous puppet show of Rajasthan.
The exhibition will run until February 28th, offering Hyderabadis the opportunity to shop and enjoy street food from 11 am to 8 pm throughout the week.