Bazaar - About Us
From the burning deserts of Rajasthan and the peaks of the Himalayas, Bazaar brings you an exciting range of clothing, textiles, jewellery, gifts and exotic home furnishings.
Joanna Hall, a Textile and Fashion Designer from Hildenborough in Kent has been working alongside crafts people in India for more than 20 years.
She works mainly in Rajasthan with weavers, block printers, tailors, jewellers and women who do embroidery, beading and fringing. She manufactures her designs of clothing, jewellery and gifts through a web of trusted craftspeople she has befriended during this time. She also buys and collects from the items they have already designed and are making themselves.
"Everywhere you go in India, people are making things. Handmade paper sheets dry out across the fields and river banks. Dyed fabric is stretched out in the sun. Inside busy workshops, men forge jewellery whilst we sit on the floor sifting through piles of semi-precious stones looking for just the right colour. Rajasthan is a hive of activity.”
The culmination of all these efforts is a beautiful range of clothing, textiles, jewellery, sarongs, rugs, gifts and exotic home furnishings which Joanna sells at her extraordinary shows throughout the year. Each event is at a stunning location in the South East of England, and visitors are inspired to return again and again. More recently she has invited a limited number of specially chosen retailers throughout the UK to showcase her range as well as taking her designs direct to the public at select events and festivals.
Joanna is keen to ensure that not only does Bazaar embrace rigorous Fairtrade principles but also that a part of everything she does should go back into local communities. She has directly supported the Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal, Hope and Homes for Children and Hospice in the Weald as well as indirectly contributing to numerous other charities both in the UK and abroad.
A Bazaar show is a real spectacle and not to be missed. For further details of where to find Bazaar take a look at the Events page or Contact page. You can now also follow us on our Bazaar facebook page for more up to date news.