Dastkari Haat Bazaar Pune
Although I love my luxury brands I am a desi girl at heart. Give me a choice between an international luxury brand stole and a phulkari dupatta, my heart will always pick the vibrancy of Indian craft. Needless to say, whenever I get an opportunity to explore local markets or exhibits that promote Indian handicrafts and handlooms, I go to great lengths to make time for such visual treats.
If you are in Pune and if you love your desi roots as much as I do, one mela you have to visit is the Dastkar Bazaar which is on till Nov 16th in Koregaon Park. It is a cozy and beautiful display of everything Indian, the layout and the resultant ambiance created prove beyond a shred of doubt that copious amounts of love, care and thought have gone into organizing it.
Even from a distance the venue catches your eye, what looks like a mirage, a haze of colourful smoke magically turns into multi colour flags that form a canopy over your head as you make your way towards the mela. The entrance sets the mood for what waits in store inside- the most breath taking hues , strings of marigold hanging from the branches of lush green banyan trees, saris in tones and textures that entice, cane baskets in lush reds and greens cover the mud floor while passionate voices singing the most soulful folk music waft in the air.
Indian Craft And Fashion At Dastakari Haat Bazaar Pune
There is a little bit of everything there and there is something for everyone – saris, fabrics, khadi, kalamkari, banarsi, phulkari, leather goods, jewellery, crafts, shawls, home décor, some furniture, kids stuff, pottery and if shopping is not your kind of thing there is some yumm food too (Amritsari chole kulcha anyone??)
The exhibition left me with a much lighter wallet and bewilderment at what these hands are capable of creating, at how much talent and creativity each individual possesses, at the beauty that surrounds us…
I hope you have a wonderful time exploring and marveling at the arts and crafts that are the heritage of India.
These traditional crafts have been put to such wonderful, innovative and contemporary use – traditional with a twist of modernity – just how I like my fashion.
Please excuse the pictures above of me, these are zero makeup pictures taken after a morning of running around taking care of errands
Fashion, craft and food treats at Dastkari Haat Bazaar Pune.
Just head straight down South Main Road in Koregaon Park, where the road seems to end is where the fun begins..