Virasat is a fortnight long arts and crafts heritage festival in Dehradun. It brings together artists and crafts people from the length and breadth of the country. This year, for the first time, there were performances by groups from countries across the globe. I was lucky to be at the performance of the troupe from Morocco.
Some of the instruments there were playing were works of art in themselves. If anyone knows the names I would be glad to add them out here.
The stuff that is for sale is amazing from tie and dye fabrics, lac churi, terracotta pottery, dry flower arrangements, woolens from Bhuj, Lakhnavi Chikankari, leaf painting, fine Chamba embroidery on handkerchiefs.
(Picture courtesy above goes to a friend, Aldred Gomes)
It was here that craftsman would give you a live demonstration of their work…
Other than the handicrafts there were also some marvellous culinary delights… for the first time I savoured ‘makke ki roti aur sarson da saag’!
With a range of digestives to choose from too…
Compared to similar handicraft festivals in Goa the prices were very reasonable and I have done most of my Christmas shopping 😉