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  1. 1. 1 REPORT ON VISIT TO SURAJKUND MELA 2019 VISITED ON 13.2.2019 SUBMITTED BY TASRIFA SULTANA HAZARIKA SUBMITTED TO DR. HIMANI CHOUDHARY MA 4TH SEMESTER SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND VISUAL ARTS (FASHION) APEEJAY STYA UNIVERSITY Enrolment No. ASU2018030200216
  2. 2. 2 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION..............................................................................3 1. OBJECTIVES..........................................................................4 2. FEATURES OF THE MELA.................................................4 3. THE AMBIENCE....................................................................5 4. HANDICRAFT STALLS........................................................5 4.1 TEXTILES...........................................................................5-7  FABRICS..............................................................................................6  EMBROIDERIES.................................................................................7 4.2 PAINTINGS........................................................................7-8 4.3 OTHER CRAFT.................................................................8-10  WOODCRAFTS....................................................................................8  CLAY AND TERRACOTA..................................................................8  LAMPS...................................................................................................9  BAMBOO AND CANE WORK...........................................................9  TOYS.....................................................................................................10 4.4 ACCESSORIES....................................................................10-11 5. AMUSEMENT.................................................................................11 6. CONCLUSION.................................................................................11 7. MY OBSERVATION......................................................................12 8. STILLS FROM THE FAIRGROUND..........................................12 BROCHURE OF SURAJKUND MELA 2019
  3. 3. 3 INTRODUCTION Type: International crafts fair Location: Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana Celebrated During: 1st Feb to 17th February Main Attractions: Rich showcase of regional and international crafts and traditions Area: 40 acres with about 1010 stalls Organised By: Surajkund Mela Authority in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs, Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana and Haryana Tourism Corporation First Hosted In: 1987 Visitors Timing: 10.00 am to 7.00pm Figure1: inside Surajkund Mela A celebration of Indian folk tradition and rich cultural heritage, the Surajkund Mela is organised from the first week of February every year in Surajkund, Faridabad. The Surajkund Mela is unique as it showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and fabrics of India, including international handicrafts and it is called the largest crafts fair in the world. This Mela also includes A large number of renowned national and international folk artists and cultural groups that presents their performances and a numerous food stalls that serves cuisines from different states of India. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides too. There are International participants of the Mela including Africa, Thailand, Armenia and Iran which deals in variety of products including handicrafts. This time the state Maharashtra has been chosen as the theme state for the craft fair and the crafts of the state has been highlighted. Thailand is the partner country for the 33rd season of Surajkund Mela 2019. There are beautiful paintings, silk fabrics, silver ware, pottery, puppets and sculptures which represent Thailand’s culture.
  4. 4. 4 OBJECTIVES  To observe the rich cultural heritage of India through visiting craft stalls.  To find different types of handicrafts belong to each state of India.  To interact with the shopkeepers/artisans to get a virtual tour of their crafts and find the problem areas.  To get a clear vision of international crafts and cultural heritage through visiting the fair. FEATURES OF SURAJKUND MELA 1. Showcase of rich handcrafted goods and products that shows the fine craftsmanship and creativity of the artists belonging to different regions, states and countries. For example the Phulkari embroidery from Punjab, Kantha stitched outfits from West Bengal; Pattachitra painting from Odhisa were showcased in the fair. The products that are installed in the stalls are  Textiles and embroideries  Paintings  Items made from wood, ivory, stonework, lacquer ware, cane, grass, metal craft, candles, soaps.  Pottery  Home decor  Organic cosmetics and skin care products 2. Open air performances of folk performing arts such as dance, music of different regions were shown there. Figure 2 and 3: People performing folk arts 3. The Theme state for 2019 Surajkund Mela is Maharashtra where the vibrant culture and heritage were shown right from the entry gate. The theme state for the Mela changes every year, for the last year the theme state was Uttar Pradesh. They have chosen Thailand as partner country for 33rd Surajkund international fair. 4. A great platform to interact with the skilled artisans from different parts of the country who has expertise in traditional craft-making skills and taking the legacy forward to preserve the art-forms of the regions they belong. 5. There are musical evenings with amusement sports and joyrides along with cuisines from different region, state and country.
  5. 5. 5 THE AMBIENCE Fig 4, 5, 6 : ambience of the mela The ambience of the fair was an eye catching; decorative pieces hanging from the trees and gates of different states. There was Chattisgarh gate, prototype of typical Haryana houses, wall arts and more than 1000 stalls including handicrafts, food and fabrics. HANDICRAFT STALLS There were stalls of each state of India and outside countries representing their arts and crafts in the fair. They have a unique collection of fabric and accessories that one might not find anywhere else. From Iranian carpets to lanterns to beautifully carved wooden furniture, the handicrafts in the fair are from all around the world. Here are the products that I have seen in the fair  TEXTILES India is rich in textiles and each state of the country has its own textiles, fabrics and embroideries. In Surajkund Mela we got to see different types of fabrics and embroideries which have its own unique characteristics, for example we saw Chikan embroidery from Lucknow, Kantha embroideried sarees from West Bengal, Pachmina shawls from Kashmir etc. there were readymade Kurtis shawls, Dupattas, sarees and fabrics for home furnishing like carpets, bed sheets etc. Moreover there were fabric rolls in cotton, khadi, brocade, georgette, different verities of silk etc. . Fig7, fig8: Traditional weaving method in a loom
  6. 6. 6 FABRICS Fig9: pure Pachmina shawls from Kashmir fig10: readymade kurtis saris Fig11: Patch embroidery fromGujarat Fig12: fabricsfromGujarat fig13: Dupattas fromRajasthan fig14: tie and dye bedsheets fromRajasthan Fig 15 and 16 : Carpets
  7. 7. 7 Fig17: Kantha embroidery Fig18: chikankari work Fig19: Gujarati embroidery Fig 20 and 21: wooden blocks for block printing Besides this Indian textiles and embroideries, there were fabrics from South Africa and Thailand which was a totally new experience for us to see the fabrics of other countries.  PAINTINGS Folk Paintings are a very important part of every state of India and each state has a very diverse history of its paintings where paintings of each state has similarities and differences between them and this is one of the factors that makes India a land of unity in Diversity. These are the paintings that I found in the craft fair. Fig 22 and 23: Madhubani painting from Bihar Fig 24: saura painting from Odhisa
  8. 8. 8 Fig25:Pattachitra painting fig26:bommala painting fig 27:Kalighat painting from W.B  OTHER CRAFTS There were craft items made from wood, earthenware, ivory, stonework, lacquer ware, cane, grass, metal craft, candles, paper mashed crafts etc WOODCRAFTS Fig 28,29,30,31: wood crafts There were stalls of woodcrafts for interiors and home decor where most of the crafts were from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and ‘Chikri’ woodcraft from Jammu and Kashmir. CLAY AND TERRACOTTA Fig 32, 33, 34, 35: terracotta crafts Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, Pokhran in Rajasthan, Meerut and Harpur in Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur in Maharashtra, Kutch in Gujarat, Jahjjar in Haryana, Birbhum in Bengal and
  9. 9. 9 Manipur are famous for their special styles in pottery. We found almost all of the states pottery work in the fair. There was also clay utensils from Turkey displayed in the stalls LAMPS Fig 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41: lamps Lamps were one of the points of attraction the visitors of the fair. There were goat leather lamps from Karnataka (fig40) along with colourful Turkish lamps displayed in the fair (fig 37, 38, 39). BAMBOO AND CANE WORK . Fig 42, 43, 44, 45: bamboo and cane craft The north-eastern states of India including Assam, Manipur and Tripura are famous for producing bamboo and cane crafts. There were unique bamboo and cane products for home decoration in the fair.
  10. 10. 10 TOYS Fig 46, 47, 48: toys Fig 49, 50,51: toys from different parts of the world There were toys from Rajasthan (fig46, 47), South Africa (fig50), Armenia (fig49) made from fabric, pottery and paper mashes. Other products including scented candles, organic skincare products from China etc. ACCESSORIES Fig 52, 53, 54: earrings and bangles Fig 55, 56, 57: sandals, jute bags, beaded jewelleries.
  11. 11. 11 Fig 58 and 59: beaded jewelleries, fig 60: clutchbags There were accessories from different part of the country and overseas, from Banjara silver jewelleries from Rajasthan to the trending styles of tassel earrings; beaded Jewelleries, Kolhapuri shoes, bags, bangles of different materials like lacquer, metal and glass. AMUSEMENTS Fig 61,62,63: amusements of the fair ground The Mela has all kind of amusements for different aged groups of people. There were also some multi cuisine food stalls to please the appetite of the visitors. There were bioscopes for children, giant wheel, helicopter rides and free e-rickshaw rides for senior citizens. CONCLUSION Surajkund Mela is surely one of the largest and most interesting fairs in India. Further, it is a delightful treat for visitors who can get an opportunity to familiarize themselves with artefacts, performing arts and traditional dance forms and cuisines from India. It is therefore very popular with Indians and foreign tourists. The vibrancy of the fair attracts every age group of people who come to enjoy the cultural richness of India. The Surajkund fair organisers pick one Indian State every year, which is showcased as the Theme State of the year. The basic idea is to pay special attention to one Indian State and exhibit the textiles, art and crafts of that State. This helps in bringing uniqueness to the fair as there is a new theme introduced every year. The most noteworthy or significant aspect is that the organisers invite national award winning artists regularly to participate in the Mela. Almost all the stall
  12. 12. 12 owners are award winning artists. Consequently, the products on display are of superior quality that befits the artisans. Handicrafts, paintings, carpets, home decor, fragrant soaps, Ayurvedic products, items made from ivory, cane and grass, pottery, textiles saris, salwar suit pieces and stoles, the Surajkund Mela 2019 has it all. MY OBSERVATION Being a design student this is one of my greatest opportunities to visit the mela and take a tour into the cultural heritage of India along with the other countries. This visit is definitely going to help me in my future. Through the visit I became familiar with some lesser known artforms of India which I will hardly get to see in my region. I have noticed the fine quality and perfection of the products that were displayed in the fair. For some regional products the price is very much reasonable at the same time the products from outside India were expensive. The fair is one of the proper places to invest money and buy some unique products for wearing and decoration which directly and indirectly helps in the survival uplift of artforms and artisans. I am expressing my thankfulness and pleasure to my mentor and dean ma’am for giving me chance to go to the fair and guiding me in the same. Overall it was a good learning experience of Visiting Surajkund Mela 2019. STILLS FROM THE FAIRGROUND
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