India Craft Week 2019 is Coming to Aerocity

Handicraft pioneers from across the country are coming together for the heritage crash course you never knew you needed.
A Phad painting by National Award-winner Kalyan Joshi
A Phad painting by National Award-winner Kalyan Joshi

Find it difficult to grow your crafts arsenal without a visit to every state Need a specific piece that you won&rsquot find anywhere else Chances are the India Craft Week 2019 (ICW) could help you out. Slated from December 4 and 8 at GMR Square, Aerocity, the event will celebrate the best of Indian handicraft traditions under one roof. And if you&rsquore driving back from Terminal 3, it&rsquos the perfect spot to grab stellar souvenirs.

The ICW will bring together master artisans, contemporary names as well as crafts organisations for a five-day fiesta of colour, creativity and learning. The showcase will feature the work of artistic giants like Padma Shri Bhajju Shyam, plus highlight lesser-known artforms like the Chamba Rumal, Sanjhi paper cutting, black stone pottery from Manipur, and Phad and Rogan painting. More household names like Jaipur&rsquos blue pottery, West Bengal&rsquos Kalighat paintings or Bihar&rsquos Madhubani style will also be on display.

A majority of the exhibitors are state and national award-winners, and their convergence at ICW is likely to be an unmatched gathering of indigenous knowledge and innovation.  

Other than the heritage products and repertoires to explore, ICW plans to keep things exciting with unique crafts experiences and programming. We&rsquore particularly looking forward to &lsquoCraft Rare&rsquo and its goal of conserving and promoting endangered handicrafts &lsquoCraft Panorama&rsquo, for its award-winning tribal folk and fine art collection and the craft workshops, where one can get a first-hand experience of techniques using textiles, pottery, metal, and more. 

India Craft Week 2019 operates under Craft Village, a New Delhi-based organisation. For event registration and the full program schedule, visit ICW&rsquos official website. You can also sign up on Insider. Tickets are priced at Rs 499 for single-day entry, and at Rs 2,000 for all five days. Both prices are excluding symposium and workshop charges.

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