A Morning At The Bazaar
I woke up this morning feeling a little guilty. It was Sunday yesterday and I spent most of my day inside, catching up with editing videos and photo's. There is an American guy, Marco, who is at the digs where I'm staying and he was trying to get me out to go into Delhi to watch some Indian wrestling and go to a club. The wrestling sounded good, however I'm a not really in to staying out in clubs now days (turns out in rolled back at 4am!). Anyway I digress. So I was feeling guilty about not really making an effort to go out for the day and decided to open the Lonely Planet book at things to do in South Delhi , where I'm staying.
I found a Bazaar, called Dilli Haat, which is a government run market (may be catering for the tourists I think) which has arts, crafts and food stalls from all over India. Some stalls are there permanently and some are there for only two weeks. There was an entrance fee of 100 rupees for a foreigner, which I found out when the security man with the gun told me as I tried walking through the gate. It was Monday and the start of a new wave of traders had arrived and as I was there at 10.30am, when it opened, most of the stalls had not yet been set up, which was good as they were concentrated on setting up their stalls and not bombarding me with things to buy. There was a wide verity of products on offer from jewellery, leather work, paintings, cloth and clothes, and a whole host of other things. As I walked around, trying not to buy anything, I noticed some really nice artwork a guy was setting out. Off course as soon as I started looking, he stopped what he was doing and came over.
"Palm leaf" he said, "Really" I replied and asked "how do you do that?". He told me the palm leaf is dried and cut into strips. The strips are then tied together to form a sheet. Carefully the pattern is etched on to the leaf and then lamp black (I presumed its soot from an oil lamp?) is rubbed over the palm leaf to give its colour. He told me that he is from a village in Orissa and these villages are famous for Pattachitra painting and have been used in India for a long time, some have historical writings on them dating back 1000's of years. I really liked them and end up buying this one.
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