It is festival time. And the markets are waiting for the eager shoppers. And there’s good news for Jaipurites. Those who are used to the ethnic Delhi Haat and miss it, can now look forward to the Dastkar Bazaar to be held in the Pink City for the first time. It will showcase a wide range of handloom and handicraft products from pan-India.
To be inaugurated today, opposite the scenic Jal Mahal, the urban haat would be a 24-day exposition that would bring crafts and craftspeople from all over India to the Pink City. The bazaar will remain open from 11 am to 9 pm every day. Chairperson of the Dastkar, Laila Tyabji said that the Bazaar will be bringing artisans on a single platform to interact with buyers of crafts and culture.
Tyabji added: “Jaipur is almost a cliche for its rich and varied crafts, so it is challenging to take Dastkar to the city. We plan to introduce the extraordinary craft and textile traditions of other Indian states to both Jaipur residents and visiting tourists and are certain that the resulting jugalbandi will make the hitherto under-utilised Jaipur Urban Haat come alive with colour and creativity.”
The Rajasthan government is supporting the event and there are plans to make this a regular feature of the cultural life of Jaipur, just as the Dastkar Nature Bazaar and it’s authentic yet contemporary craft products and skills is now a part of Delhi.
‘The Dastkar Bazaar’ is being organized by ‘Dastkar’ with the support of Commissioner Industries,government of Rajasthan and some sponsors.