25 September, 2017

The Grand saree fair, Dastkar

For saree connoisseurs, Dastkar saree fair is a treat. They curate pure handlooms. Giving a boost to traditional Indian weaves, some of which are vanishing into oblivion, Dastkar has conceptualised The Grand Saree Fair, which will not only bring weavers together from the interiors of the country but also give Delhiites a sneak peek into traditional Indian wear. Tussars from Bengal, kalamkaris from Karnataka, bandhanis from Gujarat, ikats from Odisha, chanderis from Madhya Pradesh, kotas from Rajasthan, and many other exquisite sarees from across India will be up for grabs at a new saree carnival-cum-exhibition here.

The saree is six yards of magic. One length of cloth, miraculously transforming itself to suit every figure, style, age and occasion. This fair is not just a celebration of this amazing and evergreen garment, but also an attempt to bring the infinite variety of regional weaves within reach of the urban Delhi customer. The fair will unfurl a unique collection comprising of gamcha sarees, jamdanis, tokli cottons and kanthas from Bengal, ajrakhs from Gujarat, and banarasi sarees from Uttar Pradesh, crafted and designed by participants from across the country, who are not the regular run-of-the-mill players, but weavers who have produced high-quality, premium sarees.

I visited the fair wearing a simple and very old Kota saree that I have worn here before.

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