A Hundred Hands” – a non profit organization which promotes handmade products and gives platform to artists who are involved in handcrafts.

A Hundred Hands

A Hundred Hands

“The HandMade Collective” – a showcase and sale of handcrafted products from all over India was on from 23rd Nov to 27th Nov 2011. It was amazing to see different range of products all made by hands. You would admire the talent and the perfection with which the products has been made.

The event showcased products made from a range of materials – paper, stained glasses, silk, cloth, ceramic, dhurries, ahimsa silk, recycled materials and the list goes on. Still you can visit today. Its on till 7:30pm. A Must Visit not only for art lovers but for everyone so they appreciate the talent of the Hands.

At the Entrance meet Aditi Babel, the artist who make Handmade books from eco-friendly papers. The wonderful books made by her are really a perfect pieces. She does all by herself – from book binding to stitching with different techniques and all her work reflects hard work and talent.

Adit Babel with her Handmade Book

Adit Babel with her Handmade Book

Would you like to use the Malai made soaps – no synthetics used. These soaps are made at home with essential oils and malai using cold processing techniques.

Malai Soap

Malai Soap

Anuka, a student, in her free time makes these bands for the hairs for her friends.

HandMade Crochets

HandMade Hair bands

What do you do with your old jeans. These mentally challenged patients of NIMHANS make bags out of those old jeans. In case you want to donate your old jeans you can contact them.

Old Jeans converted to Bags

Old Jeans converted to Bags

These bamboo vases are also handmade by the NIMhans patients. They have regular stalls at the hospital in case you want to get these later.

Bambook Vases

Bambook Vases

Artists from Himalayas came down to showcase the hanknit and hand woven shawls and stole made in wool and silk.

Another one from Gujarat – Kuprkabi Ceramics which is a ceramic design studio and are involved in ceramic crafts.

Ceramic products

Ceramic products

There was another group from Mirzapur use hand knotting techniques to make beautiful carpets.

Handmade Carpets are made by them

Handmade Carpets are made by them

Handmade Potteries

Handmade Potteries

Few groups had products made out of stained glasses. All handcrafted and beautiful stained glasses products.

Earings made out of Stained Glasses

Earings made out of Stained Glasses

Decorative Wall Hangings from Stained Glasses

Decorative Wall Hangings from Stained Glasses

Mohan Kumar does miniature paintings on the very old papers.

Miniature Paintings

Miniature Paintings

The following piece of art looks like a painting done in black and white. But its a masterpiece created by the artist from Alwar, Rajasthan. This is not a painting. Its fully made by cutting a single sheet of paper. They do not fold the paper to do the cutting. But draw figures by cutting. This is known as “Sanjhi Painting” and is the last surviving family in India who knows this art.

Sanjhi Paper Cutting

Sanjhi Paper Cutting

A lady from Italy travels in India to different places and has learnt the local way of weaving and weaves products out of the hand spun wool.

Hand Spun Wool

Hand Spun Wools are made by the weavers

Encaustic Art, a technique of painting where an iron is used as paintbrush and wax are the colours. Its an amazing art form and the artist Arati has self learned and excel at it.

Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Painting done by Arati

She calls herself  “KabadiWali”. Anjali, Kabadiwali, makes crafts out of glass bottles.

Kabadiwali's glass products

Kabadiwali's glass products

Another stall was from “The Voice of Stray Dogs” . The products sold were calendar, cups with dog photos/paintings and a book which tells a lot about the laws of Prevention Act of Cruelty towards Animal. The funds raised from these products would go for the street dogs care.

The Voice of Stray Dogs

The Voice of Stray Dogs

Asha Ram is the only person left in India who hand carves wooden combs in the Moghul Style. There were also the games – Ludo, Snake Ladder, Tic Tac Toe made from wood. A very candid person from Uttar Pradesh.

Hand Carved Wooden Combs

Hand Carved Wooden Combs

Ludo made from Wooden Carving

Ludo made from Wooden Carving

More photos from the Mela is shared here at https://picasaweb.google.com/105061357290287993526/HandmadeCollectives20111126?authkey=Gv1sRgCLWxk8DSvZ-jEg

Promote these artisans and Promote Hand made Goods so that the Art should Live.