Jammu & Kashmir Craft Fair

Jammu & Kashmir is a shoppers paradise offering an array of ethnic arts and crafts. Be it Jammu, Kashmir or Ladakh – each region has an assortment of fascinating products for shopping. There are a plethora of things to choose from- pashmina and shatoosh shawls, walnut woodwork, handwoven carpets, saffron, almonds and paper mache articles.

Kashida embroidery from Kashmir was patronized by the royals of the Mughal era. It consists of intrinsic needlework in a wide variety of colours and patterns. The tensed situation in Kashmir has reduced its appeal as a lucrative tourist destination. Access to the Kashmiri crafts is now only through exhibitions and fairs held in various cities.

An exhibit of Jammu & Kashmir handicrafts was held at the lawns of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Here are the pictures –

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Handloom Expo : Silk India Silk

Here we are with another expo, Silk India Silk, which was held at the lawns of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Despite having attended so many exhibitions, I always get an adrenaline rush before going to one. It has the power to transport you to the dreamy world of Moroccan souks and bazaars. Collect the things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.

The feel of handwoven fabric. The texture. The weft and the warp. The intricacy of design. The symmetry and also the idiosyncrasies of handmade. The centuries old craft traditions that are reverently passed on from one generation of artisans to the next. The story behind each gorgeous yard of a saree. The wonder at the skill, the passion and the sheer hard work that goes into create something so beautiful.

Oh, the love for handwoven Indian textiles, you and I – we know what that feelslike! . Here are the pictures-

And because we love our textiles so much, we should do what we can to save them ❤️❤️

Bookaroo : Children’s Literature Festival

Jaipur hosts Asia’s largest literary event – “Jaipur Literature Festival” every year, but it was wonderful to see “Bookaroo“- a literature festival exclusively for children come to the city. It was so fascinating to see little ones taking part in various events and exploring the world of books. Reading has the power to change lives and it is very important to inculcate this habit right from childhood.

The festival was organised at Jawahar Kala Kendra for two days and had workshops, storytelling sessions, debates, reading area, book stall and a lot of other fun activities for children. Here are certain clicks from the event –

Art & Craft Expo : Jaipur

There is something very special about handcrafted things, you can appreciate the thought, detail and time invested into creating something amazing. Whether they are big or small, handmade goods are accessible works of art. The fact is when you buy a handcrafted object, you are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life and most importantly you are buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.

The “Art and Craft Expo”, held at Jawahar Kala Kendra – Jaipur, was a mecca of all things handmade- be it apparel, jewellery, handbags, paintings, pottery and other decor related stuff. And though it wasn’t held at the plush interiors and comfort of a five-star hotel, One could spend hours exploring and marvelling at the beauty of these handmade things. If you were planning to renovate or decorate your house- it was the place to be. Money can’t buy love but it can buy you all these beautiful handcrafted things and it is almost the same thing 🙂

We will be covering our experience at the expo in two blog posts, the first one here is all about apparel- from Banarasi to Phulkari, Chanderi to Chikan work.

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Block printed suits from Jharkhand

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Chanderi sarees from Madhya Pradesh
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Phulkari work from Punjab

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Block printed tunics and maxis
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Jamdani sarees from Bengal
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Chikan embroidery from Lucknow

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Phulkari
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Phulkari Kurtis 
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Banarasi sarees from Varanasi
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Various forms of warli art
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Banarasi dupatta
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Garba dresses for kids 

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