One of the perks of being a fashion blogger is being invited to fun events that I would probably not have the opportunity to attend otherwise. The Crafts Bazaar by Fabindia this Sunday was definitely one of those. Filled with amazingly festive Indian fashion, home decor brick bracks, organic food and even a fashion show, it was absolutely the perfect way to spend a Sunday.
During this time of the year everything takes a festive turn. Everyones getting their more traditional outfits out and putting their own twists on it. I felt very appropriately dressed in this cotton block printed coordinate set. Fabindia as a brand has beautiful and unique things. This is well known. What I didn’t realize, and felt like an idiot for it, is the variety of things they offer. They have organic food! Dips, salad dressing, jams and even pickle! Those are only some of my favorite things ever! Which rock was I hiding under? Don’t answer that. They also have home decor, furniture, linen and honestly an exhaustive home collection in addition to the amazing clothes and jewelry that everyone is obsessed with.
An example of the beautifully hand painted plates at Fabindia.
The new festive collection was on display and being modeled at the impromptu fashion show. The fun thing about that was the fact that the people at the event could actually try on some of the collection and walk in the fashion show if they wanted. There was even a hair and makeup booth setup so they could enjoy the full fashion show experience! I saw quite a few people take advantage of that and give it their best model impersonations amid much cheering and applause.
I know you want to know if I strutted my stuff on the ramp too, but unfortunately I was way too busy at the organic food tasting booth trying out all amazing food that Fabindia has apparently been selling in secret for ages that I’ve been missing out on. I felt obligated to make up for lost time at the tasting booth. There was this spicy jalapeño cheese spread and a yogurt and jalapeño dip that I’m still having dreams about. They also had these amazing pita chips or crackers that I was trying all these different dips and dressings with that I absolutely loved.
Assorted organic food offerings from Fabindia. I left with quite a few of these.
Once I was able to tear myself away from the food (read: was too embarrassed to eat anymore), I realized there was a booth where some lovely ladies were conducting a sari draping workshop of sorts. Now if anyone needs to be shown how to drape a sari properly its me. My current best record is 3 attempts before I give up and head to a beauty parlor to let the professionals deal with the damn pleats. So I definitely thought it was a great and much needed lesson for others like me.
An example of the perfectly draped sari. Kudos if you are able to do this. I don’t think I can achieve this level of perfection even after the workshop.
There was also a booth displaying and teaching how to correctly set a dinner table. I was too busy gawking at the pretty china and the table runners and table cloths to actually learn anything.
One of the things I was most excited to see was a stall where actual artisans demonstrated the art of block printing and what goes on with the process of making the actual blocks. There were also artists displaying techniques for painting porcelain plates, china and masks. Its amazing to see how intricate and difficult the process is and how much work goes into the product before we see it on display in shops. It was definitely an eye opener. I took some pictures there but they in no way do justice to the bright and vibrant colours that were all around me. I’ll stop rambling now and let you have a look for yourself.
Block printing magic
Indian traditional folk dancers. So vibrant and colorful! They actually performed on stage and I caught the whole thing on our snapchat. Our username is fashionfrappes, add us for some fun behind the scenes of events we attend and general everyday hustle!
The prettiest scarf in the palest of blue with some lovely gold and silver embroidery.
A few things from the Fabindia festive collection.
Kurtas for men. These were in high demand, they were flying off the rack!
No event is complete without a photobooth station. There were quite a few of such photo-op stations scattered around the event, but this one was the most popular. I love all the marigold!
Cotton block printed coordinate set created by me. The fabric is from Commercial Street – Bangalore, and I got the outfit tailored. Bag – Forever21, Shoes – Zara similar, Cocktail ring – Aldo Accessories similar
I ended the day with some retail therapy at the mall nearby. You might notice that I changed into flats. Yes I’ll admit I carry around a spare pair of flats pretty much every time I wear heels, just in case. After walking in heels all day I just had to slip them on, though the heels were in fact quite comfortable. If there’s one shopping rule I follow its to never ever walk around the mall in heels!
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This post was written in collaboration with Fabindia.