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HANDMADE IN RAJASTHAN- RAJASTHAN HERITAGE WEEK, 2015
Myriad interpretations of draping a sari was the high point of ‘HANDMADE IN RAJASTHAN- RAJASTHAN HERITAGE WEEK, 2015’ , a three day event that took place at Clarks Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan from 3rd December to 6th December 2015 and was inaugurated by Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali and Madame Tuhfa Zaman Ali with H.E.Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan. The Khadi Board and the Rajasthan government, in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates, announced its launch where designers, textile revivalists and weavers showcased their creative prowess to highlight modern luxury and beauty of heritage.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said: ” The Rajasthan Heritage Week is part of the textile development programme that reaf firms our commitment to the traditional textile weavers of our State, who have tirelessly worked to continue the legacy of our forefathers”.
With khadi and kota at the core of the eclectic creations at the Rajasthan Heritage Week, Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell, who works closely with artisans and weavers in Rajasthan, opened the gala with a bright and wearable line.
Designers, both Indian and international — as well as award-winning weavers, showcased the versatility of weaves and crafts from the state.
While fashion designers generally opt for celebs and page-three personalities as showstoppers, the Rajasthan Heritage Week saw Bhagwan Sahay Kanungo, a 94-year-old freedom fighter and khadi proponent, taking to the ramp, humbly folding his hands in response to a rousing standing ovation as he was honoured with a tie-and-dye stole by Abhishek of Abhishek of the Rohit & Abhishek designer duo.
Textile scholar Rta Kapur Chishti, who has been involved with research and development of handspun-handloom textiles, showcased the wonders of the six-yard cloth.The draping, styling and pleating were far from the usual, and definitely gave onlookers innovative ideas to employ saris in day-to-day as well as occasion wear.
Next up was weaver Mustakeem Kachara from Kaithoon in Kota district.His expertise lay in zari-laden kota doria saris, but what stood out was how he has embraced abstract designs with changing times, while also retaining the old world charm of the traditional motifs.The National Award winner’s opening sari was a take on fruits, featuring straw berries, bananas, apple, etc! Need we say more?
The saga of the sari and sarongs continued with Pavithra Muddaya of Bengaluru’s famed handloom revivalist label Vimor. Her creations, in natural fibers such as cotton, silk, linen and bamboo, saw the use of motifs like rose water sprinklers, sheafs of paddy.The revivalist’s bow to the audience was full of pride as she walked shoulder side by side, and hand-in-hand with her weavers.
The concluding day of the three-day event saw well-known designer duo Abraham and Thakore do a modernize take on the block printing technique of the state.They used unusual block prints like hound stooth for tops, jackets, saris and more. Rajesh Thakore said they worked closely with khadi weavers and block printers to create the bespoke line for the event, and now they will even showcase an extension of the line at Paris.
Six yards of elegance and comfort. That is what a saree is. We don’t think ….
Weaving a eNew Story – The Handloom Weavers of India
Since the dawn of civilization, handlooms have been associated with excellence in India’s artistry in textiles and fabrics, and sari which is considered to be the most ancient piece of clothing has been inspiring generations of artists and craftsmen to weave their dreams and visions into creating exquisite handloom sarees. However with passage of time, just like the clacking sounds of the looms, the dreams and visions of these weaves too are fading away.In an attempt to bring handloom sarees back in vogue, Shatika has begun a revolution; a six yard sari revolution is a humble attempt at bringing back the lost love for handloom sarees. Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of the age old craft, we travel to all colourful corners of the country visiting weavers,guiding them on the latest trends so they weave out the age old tradition with a modern touch and bring them online so you can savor the delights of hand picking them from the comfort of your homes.