It was the first day at the eighth annual handmade collective of A Hundred Hands at Bangalore. Though I was there for most of the day, I could not visit all the stalls. Each stall was so unique, colourful and intriguing, that I just could not go browsing….I had to spend some time with the artist and before I knew it, the day was over. Brimming with ideas and talent these are the select members of A Hundred Hands, where there is a waiting list of over 200 artisans for membership.
I off course, happily did some shopping even as I chatted up with the artists talking to them of all that makes up their art. Even though it was the first day, I could see that it was long awaited by the patrons. And no wonder – beautiful, good quality and unique handmade products from all over India, reasonably priced and all under one roof. The ME TO WE project where the focus was on bringing in new products with collaboration between the artists was a big hit.
I couldn’t resist and happily splurged on Madhubani by Vidushini, Thangka paintings, beautiful earrings made using dried flowers, soft soft stoles from Himachal, Cherial masks, pretty dresses for some pretty princesses and earmarked some more beauties for the rest of the days. Also planning on getting my cousin who is crazy about sarees and in that department you are totally spoilt for choice. Ummmm soft soft fabrics like Malkha, Ajrakh, maheshwari, kasavu with Kerala mural work, exclusive droolworthy kalamkari, ikkat…it was too tempting so I did not venture too close.
And if you would like to do some good, even as you shop…you have the quilts, bed covers and cushion covers from Purkal Sthree Shakti, the denim project by A Hundred Hands in association with NIMHANS ( you can donate your old pair of jeans for some serious makeover here) and others. If you are into reuse and recycle then you have colourful bags, basinets, dhurries, lamps and decor items made of jute with cloth, discarded plastic bags (not an error …it’s true!) newspapers, onion peel, twigs and leaves.
Miniature paintings with gold, pattachitra, palm leaf engravings, gond art, kalighat paintings, delicate figurines in glass, marble inlay work, fabric from banana fibre, home decor accessories using sustainable materials….the talent you will witness here is endless.
And you have just four more days to discover this for yourself. Lose no time…and get yourself to the eighth annual handmade collective by A Hundred Hands. This is an opportunity for you and the artisans…let’s have some fun shopping. The magic of handmade is here in Bengaluru until 3rd Dec. And look out for posts on the different artists from the collective in this space.
Lots of Twinkles to all of you.
See you at the Collective.