Things that caught my attention….

January 28, 2008, 11:12 am
Filed under: Indian arts and crafts

This store is a retail outlet of Dastkar Andhra

Dastkar Andhra began in 1988 as an offshoot of Dastkar, Delhi. It is a non-profit trust, registered in 1995 that works within Andhra Pradesh to promote the interests of the producer communities within the cotton handloom weaving industry. The objective of Dastkar Andhra has been “to explore practically, the possibilities of craft production as a contemporary economic activity based on traditional skills and resources, and to develop forms of organization that would ensure wide dispersal of economic returns among the producers”. (information courtesy Dastkar website)

Dāram in Telugu means thread and this store justifies the name in every sense. You will find rows and rows of kurtas, salwars, dupattas/stoles. sarees, window treatments made of handwoven/hand printed fabric. I was particularly thrilled with the range of kurtas that they had. And the fact that they gave XS as much shelf space (well almost)  as the other sizes 🙂 The men’s section was not too elaborate, but should satisfy most men (no offense). Prices were very reasonable. It’s probably the only place i found kurtas under 400 bucks. Besides Fab India of course.

Besides textiles, they had a small collection of ceramics, bags, cell phone pouches, door ornaments and some other accessories. They also had some very nice hand-stitched leather chappals. 





This is what I came back with. Hand embroidered kurta… I should mention the shopping bag. It was a simple paper bag made out of newspaper and a jute thread for a handle. The only non bio-degradable material in the bag was probably the metal rivets… but i guess that’s ok. I would still prefer this over super glossed, heavy plastic bags anyday.

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Hey there ,
Very nice blog, would love to see more !
Keep it comin’

Hi Pav, welcome to my blog. Yes I should post more often. so many interesting places here…

Comment by Pav

Thanks for the tip…I LOVE stores that stock XS sizes 🙂

Would you know if they have a store in Delhi?

Bhavna.. this site says that there is a Dastkar shop in Hauz Khas village

Comment by Bhavna

Hi Kavitha,

You have been Tagged*

You need to write 7 random things about yourself and tag 7 or more people to do the same:-))
( Just make sure they know, by leaving a comment in their blog:-))

hmm.. still working on this. 🙂

Comment by Arch

Thanks Kavitha! I will check it out the next time I am at Hauz Khas

Comment by anindiansummer

Hi Kavitha, After a long time. Nice posts. very ethnic..thats the best part. Thanks for sharing. Drop by sometime…

Hi Deepika. I havent been regular with my blog. i should post something soon. Ilove your blog.

Comment by Deepika

Oh that’s really cool that they have a store. I didn’t know. I order a lot of fabric from Dastkar Andhra (or DAMA as they call themselves) for my clothes. Going to use quite a few of their fabrics for the upcoming summer collection. Nice blog!

Anaka- Thanks. I like their fabrics too

Comment by Anaka

where is this daram store located in hyderabad .thank you .love your blog

Preethi – its near the begumpet airport.

Comment by preethi

Lovely blog!!! Wish I could visit Daram 🙂 thanks for your post on my blog…keep up the beautiful and inspiring work!

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