A cultural extravaganza of handcrafted, natural products and traditional crafts from Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand is being organised by Delhi Tourism and Dastkar. The Purab and Prakriti Mela being held at the Nature Bazaar is showcasing exciting textiles, basketry, folk art and terracotta products as well as natural products to rejuvenate home, mind, body and taste buds.The mela is particularly focusing on products like Bodo and tribal weaves, jamdanis of Bengal produced in South Rupshi, Narayanganj, Dhaka District, Bangladesh for centuries, moonj grass, items like Kalighat, pattachitra folk art, Batik sarees and dupattas, ceramic, clay, terracotta and stone pottery, filigree among others.Seramuddin, a chitrakar from Jaran Patachitra, West Bengal said, “We have used natural dyes made from natural herbs for the artwork that we prepare.”Meanwhile, Dastkar founder, Laila Tyabji talking about the mela said, “The Northeast and Eastern India hold many cultural riches, including their unique craft traditions, but are comparatively little known compared to states like Gujarat and Rajasthan. From the drama of the bold red, black and white textile motifs of the Northeast to the delicate woven mastery of the bamboo basketry and mats of West Bengal, the crafts of Eastern India have a subtlety, skill and cultural resonance worth exploring. All this combined with an exemplary range of natural and organic products to choose from, there’s plenty to look forward to.”The event also has a diverse variety of products ranging from versatile ikats and vibrant kantha and sujni embroidered sarees, dupattas and stoles to sturdy tribal weaves from Manipur, along with luminescent eri and muga silks, hand-woven by the Bodo tribe of Assam and traditional sarees by weavers from Odisha and Bengal are also available.TRIBAL TOUCHThe event also has a diverse variety of products ranging from versatile ikats and vibrant kantha and sujni embroidered sarees, dupattas and stoles to sturdy tribal weaves
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