So I went to the Kala Madhyam Mela, got absorbed into it entirely and had a great day of crafty shopping. As most other melas around the city, the craftsmen and products were the same, nothing exponentially new, but did manage to find the odd new product. For a peak….
Having worked with a block printing boutique, block printing fascinates me and I have a great respect for the printers who with great passion and intricacy, carve and print the beautiful textiles we wear! Most blocks are made from seesham wood. There was a stall with pretty blocks of all sizes, shapes and designs!
The paper craft industry has flourished over the last few years, creating versatile designs and products. Mostly coming from Rajasthan and Auroville, the beautiful products have found themselves a place in the international market, promoting eco friendly paper! Next time you want to grad yourself a notebook … consider picking up these beautiful hand made paper books.
The craft from namma Bengaluru! Channapatna toys are famous across the globe, and are protected by GI. I love the distinct forms and laquer based colors of these toys! For any visitor to Karnataka, a Channapatna toy should be a must buy!
I finish of my exciting mela post with these beautiful ceramics! For those of you who missed it, I hope this gives a feel of what the mela was this year.. Enjoy!