If there is something that gets our hearts aflutter, it has to be something that has been lovingly and painstakingly handcrafted. What gets us into a complete tizzy, is the chance to meet the hardworking artists and artisans behind such beauty. And with the Handmade Collective currently happening in Bangalore, we got to do both yesterday!
Creativity was in the air with stalls splashed with many, many clever and colourful things on offer. Bonhomie was the flavour of the day with the gracious hosts and the artists chatting us up and patiently explaining about whats on offer. That alone is enough to lure you out of the malls and supermarkets!
With 65 artists being a part of the current exhibition there is plenty to choose from – toys, home & garden ware and also clothing & accessories. We spotted some lovely hand-knotted Kilm rugs and carpets from an artisan community based out of UP, show-stopping patchwork quilts from the self help group Stree Shakti Samiti and exquisite crochet throws. The art forms on display ranged from Pattachitra, Madhubani, Sanjhi, Gond, Warli, Mughal phad; each one more exquisite than the latter. The best part was watching the artisans at work and explaining the process of making their product from start to finish!
It’s not a huge fair where you might meander, get tired and leave halfway, instead, you’ll be forced to take your time and appreciate whats on offer at a much more leisurely pace. And with so many activities taking place for adults and kids alike, there is enough to keep both happy.
Hope to bump into some of you over there!
PS: The Handmade Collective is on till Saturday, November 30, from 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. at The Kochhar Institute, MEG, St. Johns Church Road, opposite Kendriya Vidyalaya, next to Maneckshaw Enclave. Kids get in free, but for us eternal kid’s at heart there is an entry fee of 30. You can check out more details about the Handmade Collective at the Hundred Hands website.