Gond artist with his artwork in handicraft market
Dastkar Haat is back in Hyderabad. The array of crafts like beads, glass jewellery, miniature toys and sarees being displayed by artisans from different parts of the country has made the exhibition quite popular among Hyderabadis.
Visitors are welcomed with live Rajasthani folk music. Right next to them, artisans working with scrap metal can be seen making toy cars, insects and birds, while some other artisans display their colorful ceramic work. There are no restrictions on how many items you can buy at this stall that sells mostly household crockery at prices starting from ₹100. Check out the colorful ceramic bowls.
Shibori with needlework
The Kadam Haat stall on the corner will tempt you with its fashion-forward, eco-friendly bags. Check out their Sabai Grass Bag collection. Here they also have big Sheetal Pati totes. Prices start from ₹1,000. Nearby, another stall sells bags of all shapes and sizes made from discarded plastic wrappers. The artisans explain how to make better use of plastic and prevent it from reaching landfills. Prices here start from ₹1200.
Glass Work Decorative Toys from UP
The Haat has many shops selling silk sarees and paraphernalia. So if you are into natural colors and hand embroidered silk, make sure you don't miss this place. Shibori stalls in Rajasthan have seen sarees with intricate needle punch designs.
Board game with hand painted stone coins | Photo Courtesy: Prabalika M Bora
A very unique stall by craftsman Jagdish in the haat showcases home decor made from banyan leaves, ridge gourd bath sponges and other vegetable waste like onion and garlic peels. These products are attracting a lot of buyers. Jagdish explains the process involved, especially for decorative pieces made from banyan leaves. The specialty of his art is to display the network of veins of banyan leaves. His pieces are aesthetically pleasing with their neutral choice of colors.
Among the native handicrafts, there are beautiful Indian board games that are ideal for travel. Palette's board games are unique because they feature hand-painted stone coins with magnets. The detailed artwork on them is worth every rupee spent. There is also a stall from Rajasthan displaying beautiful products made from elephant dung paper.
Upcycled Denim is a stall where you can give a new life to your old denim. They create bags, hats, toys and jewelery from old denim, which are sturdy, stylish and earth-friendly.
If you love funky jewelery with its distinct Indianness, the Dastkari Haat has many stalls selling clothes, shells, silver, metal, stone and glass jewellery. For home improvement, the options are ample. Especially the collection of carpets can be very tempting.
The entire jewelery collection does not look like common exhibition material as it is made by master artisans.
The Dastkari Haat exhibition will conclude on February 11 at NITHM, Gachibowli from 11 am to 8 pm.