India and Pakistan worked together in heart warming harmony through their traditional crafts people in March 2004 within a project named Dostkari. Handmade crafts and textiles made with age-old skills from both countries were sold at Dilli Haat, a popular crafts marketplace in New Delhi. New friendships were forged and old relationships revitalized. Common skills and uncommon techniques were combined to fashion newly designed products for the world customer. The possibility of creating lasting economic bonds opened up. It was an exercise with no precedent.
This publication is a report of this little slice of history, diplomacy and creativity. It is also a catalogue of the products that demonstrate the continuing relevance of craft skills in a contemporary world.