From exquisite jewellery to handpainted home decor: DesiKala exhibition in Chennai is going to keep you busy
From exquisite handmade silver and gemstone jewellery to handpainted home decor and hand-woven textiles, DesiKala is a one-stop destination for a weekend shopping binge. Organised by Gravity Event Affairs, DesiKala is a pan-Indian art, craft and handloom fair, with participation from craftsmen, weavers and vendors. Started in 2016, DesiKala aims to promote art and craft in South India by artisans from across the country. “Last year it was held at Valluvar Kottam in Nungambakkam, and this year it is planned in Kalakshetra as we see a lot of potential buyers and lovers of art in this part of the city,” says Syed Mohammaad, the organiser.
Visitors can expect a vibrant collection of dress materials, handloom silks, handcrafted jewellery, home décor, and other art and crafts. Find handloom fabrics such as Kanchipuram silk from Tamil Nadu, Bangalore silk, raw silk materials from Karnataka, crepe and georgette saris, kalamkari, Pochampally, Mangalgiri dress materials, Uppada, Gadwal, Dharmawaram, pure silk zari saris from Andhra Pradesh will be on display. In addition to that, silk saris from Andhra Pradesh, Bhagalpur, Jammu Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa; Jaipur kurti, block prints, Anganeri prints, Kota Doria from Rajasthan, Dhakai Jamdani from West Bengal and Zari Paithani sari from Maharashtra.
If you are not a sari lover then check out their jewellery collection. From traditional to tribal jewellery, they have awe-striking pieces that will bedazzle your outfit. Syed adds that the exhibition gives the artisans a platform so that they can get maximum exposure in the market for all the hard work that goes into making an original handcrafted piece. “It is a social initiative to help them grow,” says Syed.
Starts Today. Till May 26.
10 am onwards.
At Kalakshetra Foundation