- Arts and Design
Annual Indian Art , Craft and Handicrafts Exhibition at IITF, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
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Winter is the season in New Delhi, when all you want is a hot cup of coffee, loads of Tandoori chicken or Tandoori veggies and all this in the warm Sunshine of the wonderful IITF ground, the International Trade fair ground or Pragati Maidaan, as it is popularly called.
The IITF is an annual affair, but every year, one can witness even more enthusiasm than before, to see the wonderful exhibition.
- India is a country, full of colours along all its length and breath.
- Every state of India has something unique and special to offer.
- Each one is better than the other. So there is abundance of Art and Craft, especially 'Handicrafts.'
- There is so much variety in fabrics, each unique in its own way.
- So you have rich cottons in states like Gujarat and West Bengal, whereas rich silks in Southern states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala and equally lavish silks of Kashmir.
- Each state boasts of its own art form--------
Madhubani paintings of Bihar,
Tanjore paintings from South,
Rajput art and paintings from Rajasthan,
Mughal paintings---the list is countless, the colors and theme beyond imagination.
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What Exactly Is Handicraft?
What is Handicraft!
- Handicrafts is Art and Craft made purely with hands, by skilled artisans. And for this purpose very simple raw materials are used, which are normally available around us.
- The artisans create variety of consumer goods or decorative items using clay, beads, shells, bamboo plant, paper, wooden or metal pieces etc. with simple tools.Usually this creativity is passed on to the next generation.
- The weaving and embroidery work on silk and cotton fabric is also done in many parts of the country and requires lot of precision and fine work by the artisans. Each piece they create is a masterpiece.
- Lot of creation can be seen by cane and bamboo artisans. You have the whole set of sofas and tables and beds made with these materials.
- Then you have Block printing, Batik painting, Patola and various other fabric art.
- A lot of variety can be seen in Pottery too---colorful as well as affordable. So that you can buy a lot as crockery or decorative pieces.
- Carpet weaving is another art form, especially in Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh etc.
- There are countless variety of art and craft, of which you can get an idea at New Delhi's 'Delhi Haat.'
Would you like to visit the India International Trade Fair after seeing its glimpses?
The IITF 2016 at Pragati Maidan , New Delhi was from 14th November to 27th November
- The theme was Digital India' .
- Besides India, other participating countries were Australia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Iran, UAE, UK , Vietnam, South Africa, Bahrain, Turkey, Thailand among many others.
Tha Annual India International Trade Fair, Pragati Maidan,New Delhi
India International trade fair at New Delhi---
Every year, an India International Trade Fair, is held at New Delhi's 'Pragati Maidan', which is also called the 'Trade fair ground'.
It is perhaps the largest trade fair held in this part of the world, in which many countries besides India also participate.
The purpose of IITF---
- The whole purpose is to showcase the magnificent work of art and craft at one place and exchange and increase business in the process.
- We have the opportunity to see the skilled artisans 'LIVE' at work, which is not possible otherwise, because most of them belong to remote villages. And whoever visits the trade fair, has an experience of a lifetime.
- So you can see, artisans weaving fabrics of silk, to be made into beautiful dress material or sarees, potters creating beautiful pots out of clay, bangles being made with glass and so on.
- It is spread in a huge area and it is not possible to cover all the pavilions in one single day.
- The weather at this time of the year is awesome. The arrangements are excellent.
- The atmosphere is absolutely fit for a family outing---there is festivity in the air.
- After you visit the fair, you are sure to return with sweet memories and loads of positive energy.
I happened to visit the IITF ground and wanted to share some of the moments spent there. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
© Chitrangada Sharan 26th Nov. 2012
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