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Monday, August 29, 2016

Handmade artifacts from Dastkar

Dastakar is an NGO which supports crafts people, to promote and sell their products. To support the craft people , Dastkar organizes many events , including exhibitions and sales of handicrafts. This time it was organized in the month of August , in Bangalore. I always try not to miss Dastkar exhibitions, as we get to see and buy  variety of handicrafts and hand-looms.

As  every time , this year also many crafts-people from all over India had exhibited their products. I forgot to take my camera :-( . so sharing about the handmade items I bought from Dastkar. It is really amazing to see the handcrafted unique products there.
Some of the handcrafted items I bought:
1. Phad painting from Rajasthan: Phad painting is a kind of folk and scroll paintings, which is practiced in Rajasthan: 
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Phad painting
2. A panel of mirror work from Bijapur(Karnataka). These are made by Banjara community of Karnataka).Thinking of using it to make a small purse
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Banjara Mirror work
3.This one is unique. Papers with plock printed and ajrak printed designs on it.I can use it to make Decoupage
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Ajrak printed paper

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Indigo printed paper
4. Magnetic book mark, with the pictures of Indian paintings and hand-loom .
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Magnetic bookmark
5.Hand painted wooden bangles:
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Hand painted wooden bangles
5. Jute earrings from West Bengal
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Jute earrings
6.Beaded hair clip from Tripura :
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Beaded hair Clip
7. Applique duppata from Uttar Pradesh :
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Applique Duppata
8.Footwear with Indigo block prints from Rajastan
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Indigo printed footwear
All the handicrafts exhibited were very unique, which cannot be found in local market easily. So don't miss Dastkar events in your city next time.



Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Friday, August 19, 2016

Handmade Rakhis

 I was supposed to post about handmade Rakhee, before Raksha Bandhan.It got delayed because I was attending a workshop to learn a different craft.

 Raksha Bandhan is festival in India to celebrate bondage between brother and sister. All the Indians know about this.Lots of Rakhis are available in market , I prefer to send handmade Rakhis, but everytime due to lack of time , end up sending Rakhis which are bought from market. Few years ago I had made Rakhis using quilling stripsThose were liked by all my brothers. 

This year learnt another craft, polymer clay jewellery making. Thought of making , Rakhis using polymer clay. I'm just learning this craft, so these have not come out nicely. :(
handmade Rakhis
Rakhis made using Polymer clay
Will make better ones next time.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

 
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