The sangam of Indian crafts

DQW Bureau
New Update



Situated near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and right opposite

the trendy INA Market, is Dilli Haat, a small tableau of all the riches that

India is famous for. An upgraded version of the traditional weekly market that

is held in the villages, it offers a delightful amalgamation of craft, food and

cultural activities.

However, while the village haat is a mobile, flexible arrangement, the Dilli

Haat, is permanent but it is the craftsmen who are mobile and ever changing,

thereby offering a kaleidoscopic view of the richness and diversity of Indian

handicrafts and artifacts.


Spread over a spacious six-acre area, imaginative landscaping, creative

planning, and the traditional village architectural style have combined to

produce the perfect ambience for a Haat or market place. A plaza paved with

stone and brickwork interspersed with grass, flowering shrubs and towering

eucalyptus trees, plus a play corner for children have conjured up an oasis in

which visitors can not only buy items from across the country but also savor the

delicacies from various states at the food plaza. The different stalls offer a

wide choice of ethnic food, which is clean, hygienically prepared and reasonably

priced. It often is a venue for regional food festivals.

  Puppet show

The Dilli Haat offers you the Indian experience in a microcosm-a destination

in itself, and your window to a land filled with myriad colors and vibrant


Colorful umbrellas for sale Home decoration on display

The project was conceived with the basic idea of providing encouragement and

exposure to needy artisans and craftsmen all over the country who often spend

their lives within the confines of their own village and town. The success of

the project lies in freeing the craftsman and the artisan from the stranglehold

of the middlemen and bringing them into direct contact with buyers both within

the country and outside. It offers the visiting tourist not only the arts and

handicrafts of the country at one place, but also the cuisine and performing

arts from different parts of the country. While developing the concept, it was

kept in mind that when a 'Haat' comes to the city, it has to adjust to urban

contemporary needs while retaining the cultural ambience familiar to rural

crafts people.

Dancers from Rajasthan An artist from Gujarat


Camel hide jootis Lamp shades on diaplay

There are 62 stalls selling handicrafts of varied kinds from all over the

country. Some shops are permanent but other sellers are rotated, usually for 15

days, thus ensuring that different handicrafts are available to visitors at each

visit, and also enabling them to buy authentic wares at prices that have not

been inflated by high maintenance costs. Shows promoting handicrafts and

handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex. Products offered may

include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear,

sophisticated fabric and drapery, kantha saris, gems, beads, brassware, metal

crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. A touch of opulence is added with the vast

treasure house of gems and bead ornaments. Live demonstration by potters and

artisans is also given.

The International food plaza serves as a venue for different food festivals.

In addition there are about 25 stalls from different states serving the special

food items of those states. The stalls are let out for two years with the

condition that they serve the special dish of each state. There is a nominal

entrance fee to shop at Dilli Haat.