Saturday, October 15, 2011

News from Nature Bazar

It's a shame that the Crafts Museum is so little known to Dilliwalas, it is really a wonderful museum and should be much more lively than it is: Michele Obama is said have referred to her visit there as the highlight of her trip to India. Ruchira Ghose, the present Chairman of the Museum has plans to revamp the displays, making up for years of neglect. This year Dastkar's Nature Bazar is being held on its grounds, which seems a natural place for it, a beautiful setting. The 170 stalls meander through Museum grounds among the outdoor displays and the wonderful old trees, underlining the point that crafts in India are alive and relevant.

There have been complaints from customers at the Bazar that parking is a problem, and from stall-holders that there are fewer customers, but many people are unaware of the trials & tribulations that the Dastkar management has to go through to find a place to hold the annual event.

Parking is available opposite Gate 1 of Pragati Maidan, which is a bit of a walk from the entrance, and the DTC bus terminal is nearby.

Malkha is at stall no 35, in case anyone reads this before the last day on October 19. We have done well, being visited by equal numbers of old and new customers as well as high-end fashion designers and retailers. The most popular have been the indigo prints, particularly Vaishali's leaves in the large and small versions, and the dupattas. Not much stock left!

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