This year marks the 75th anniversary of Indian independence and to mark the occasion we’re presenting The Grand Indian Art Bazaar, a travelling Indian street market. The Art Bazaar will be a colourful and vibrant hive of activity, a window onto the way of life in Rajasthan and its rich heritage of arts and culture. All ages are welcome and activities include:
Sanganeri – hand-block printing techniques originating from Sanganer, a village in the south of Jaipur. How clothes are made – block printing of fabric using carved wooden blocks, pattern designs, making and mixing natural dyes, cutting and stitching materials.
Textile Junkies – our new partner organisation promoting sustainability and the circular economy, offering workshops in up-cycling surplus sari fabric and other materials into new fashion items and crafts.
Mendhi – body art and temporary skin decoration usually drawn on hands or legs, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body. Demo by a specialist in this artform with opportunity to go away with a henna tattoo.
Ethnic cCothing – displays and demos of traditional Indian clothes; chance to dress up in saris and other clothes, turbans, camel skin shoes etc. Dressing up box and photo booth opportunity for visitors.
Market Stalls - Shop ’til you drop at Amber and Ayesha’s market stall offering authentic, traditional Rajasthani clothes, accessories and wares.
Dance Styles – demos and workshop led by our beautifully costumed Rajasthani dancer in Kalbelya (snake dance) and Bollywood styles.
Jewellery & Body Adornment – demos of the design and making of anklets, bracelets, necklaces, rings, headdresses, and jewellery workshops.
Rajasthan Cuisine – Using traditional ingredients and methods – making chai, chapatis, egg curry, dhal, etc.
Music & Song – led by the brass band, learn the lyrics to popular Bollywood songs, with audience participation parading with the band.
Circus Skills – workshops featuring tumbling, juggling, contortions, face painting, pot balancing and costumery.