In today’s extreme capitalistic world, scalability in any industry is paramount. And of course with the world’s population inching close to 8 billion, it is also a necessity. Whether it is the food industry or the textiles, other handicrafts and arts industry, every industry needs to tackle the question of scalability.
I am a traditionalist, however, in that respect. I find myself always drawn to small businesses. Where the focus is on the art of making things. Where An individual’s or communities creativity poured into every individual piece that is made. I love the idea of handmade things. There is a certain old world charm to the idea of things made by hand. Especially so in the field of handicrafts, art, hand woven textiles and food. Especially, in India, with so many different states having their own history of art, crafts and textiles and food. A country where handwoven spun – cotton, wool and silk were the livelihood and trade of so many many communities. Where different form of arts and crafts formed the identity of those communities.
The sheer beauty and variety of the kind of handmade items. Their uniqueness which in the world of scalability can be quite hard to find. The prices that you don’t have to write you entire paycheque for. Not to mention, the feel good factor of having done business with someone to whom that price would make a significant difference rather than fattening the pockets of the already rich corporates and designers. And the ethics of the process of making them.
So, this week’s Artisan Bazaar, hosted by the Chithrakala Parishad, in Bangalore was right up my alley.
The Bazaar has around 100 stalls. Majority of them are textiles. There are several West Bengal cotton/linen stalls featuring beautiful sarees. There are also some absolutely beautiful katan silk sarees dyes beautifully and in really pleasing colours. Andhra cottons, kalamkaaris, Orissa Ikat and Kashmiri stalls are also worth checking out. Small boutiques from home made designers and manufacturers also have a few stalls. All of these are direct from manufacturers so the prices are reasonable and in some cases a steal.
Arts and crafts stalls also make up a part of the artisan bazaar. Art from Orissa, Karnataka and the beautiful brass and bronze wears typical of south India are definitely worth checking out. There is an interesting woodwork furniture store displaying some fabulous small stools, patio furniture and the likes if you are looking for a traditional handmade wooden furniture. Do check out the beautiful lamp shades stall for some fantastic work.
Accessories such as jewellery and bags I found were a little underwhelming in this particular exhibition in comparison to another santhe I had attended earlier in Bangalore. But if you are looking from some silver jewellery, you might still find a piece or 2.
The prices range from 1200rs – 3000rs (can be lower if you like to and are good at bargaining) for most of the items.
The exhibition ends on 3rd Feb 2019.
Bangalore peeps, if you get a chance do check it out and do let me know your thoughts.