Sampoorn Santhe – a 10-day long arts and crafts confluence, featuring artisans and craftsmen from 19 states who will showcase their talent and wares in over 100 stalls, is back for its 21st edition, to be held from 18th to 27th January at MANPHO CONVENTION CENTER, Bengaluru. Presented by Sampoorn, The Society of Crafts & Crafts People, in association with Village Story, the santhe is a curated marketplace for all things natural and handmade – a veritable treasure house of indigenous techniques, textures and designs, offering a diverse range of products including textiles, soft furnishings, jewelry, accessories, toys, leather products, pottery, paintings, gifts and much more. Here, craft lovers can revel in a variety of fabrics, including hand woven Tussar, Akola, Chanderi, Jamdani, Ikat, exquisite patola sarees and tangalia craft from Gujarat, Kutchi, Rajasthani Pattus, Kalamkari, Akolo, Ajrak and Kanchivaram Prints. Also the allure of mirrored hand embroidery, block prints, woolen shawls, traditional phad paintings from Rajasthan and exquisite folk art; the rugged vibrancy of Dhokra cast metal and ironware, terracotta pottery, silver & metal jewelry, bodo weaving from Assam, intricate chikankari from Uttar Pradesh and cane and bamboo furniture, would only swell choice for the collectors. Add to this the natural goodness of organic food grains, soaps, handmade paper stationery, oils & preserves and much more – and the whole experience promises to be exhilarating. An added attraction this year, is the Farmers Market, which is being held for the first time and is organised by Village Story, a community farming concept based in Bangalore, and will feature a range of fresh organic vegetables and fruits, handmade cosmetics, millets and grains & other eco-friendly products including recyclable tableware, chemical free homeware & more.
Shalini Sudhardhan, Secretary of Sampoorn says, “We are proud to say that this event has become very popular over the years and has helped tremendously in growing the urban market for handicrafts. This year too several craft groups will showcase their wares for the first time in Bangalore, including traditional phad paintings from Rajasthan, terracotta from West Bengal; handmade herbal soaps from Jharkhand, exquisite patola sarees and tangalia craft from Gujarat; traditional pottery from Kutch, bodo weaving from Assam and intricate chikankari from Uttar Pradesh and much more”. For those who are planning to make a switch to sustainable living, block your dates and make way to the Sampoorn Santhe, from 18th to 27th January.
WHAT: Sampoorn Santhe 2019, a 10-day arts and crafts confluence, featuring artisans and craftsmen from across the country
WHEN: 18th to 27th January, 11.00am to 8.00pm
WHERE: MANPHO CONVENTION CENTER, Spectrum ground, Near Manyata Tech Park, Bengaluru. Entry is free.