- The Annual Handmade Collectives. Bangalore, Mumbai and Fort Kochi
- The Monsoon Collective : Outreach
A Hundred Hands, is a nonprofit trust whose single-minded mission is to help those who depend on handmade for their livelihoods, earn fairly and sustainably.
Our vision is to bring back the beauty and relevance of handmade in today’s modern world.
Every year we support a large number of artists and their crafts- both old and new across various initiatives, but we are best known for our Annual Handmade Collective.
A delightful community event that we hold every year, is a culmination of these various crafts and arts from across India, the artisans, ideas, sweat and a whole lot of laughter. The Collective often referred to as ‘The Bazaar’ by our patrons is the perfect place for one to bump into long lost friends bringing back the old Bangalore Fete. A meeting ground of crafters, craft lovers, old Bangaloreans and visitors, the Annual Handmade Collective cuts across all communities and ages both with the crafters and the visitors.
The idea is to encourage a direct Crafter to Consumer interface, making every interaction more enriching. Where Crafters learn from consumers and consumers are exposed to the sweat tears and joy that has gone into creating each unique product.
Usually held at the last week of November every year at the United Theological College, it is a 5-day event starting on a Wednesday and ending on a Sunday. A nominal entry fee of Rs 50, goes towards a deserving artist fund. 100% of the sales proceeds goes to the creators.
Every year the Annual Handmade Collective has a special theme, where crafters spend a serious amount of the year preparing their collections. A Christmas section is very popular to pick up your Xmas gifts and goodies.
We have had very simple beginnings when it comes to The Handmade Collective, the first one having been held in 2010. From just a handful of our friends and well-wishers at our first Collective to thousands of patrons visiting our Collective now, we have indeed come a long way.
Having started in Bangalore, our art caravan now has gone to various cities including Mumbai at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum and the David Hall Museum at Fort Kochi.
We also have a special Monsoon Collective in July/ August in Bangalore at one of the suburbs of Bangalore, which serves as an outreach programme.
One of the special sections at the Annual Handmade Collective is the Dirty your Hands section. This is exclusively for children which allow them to explore their artistic side while also keeps them occupied while their parents go shopping at the show.
Our coffee mornings have continued to enthrall groups who want to know more about a particular craft- with a talk and a demonstration held. We have had Japanese calligraphers, Mosaic artists, Mughal Miniature paintings, Sanjhi Paper cutting sessions to name a few.
Our homemade food section encourages homemakers to come forward and share their recipes and specials making this section a very sought after one.