Weaving dreams

Utsav is showcasing its new elegant collection at Aga Khan Hall. Weave Vriksha - an exquisite range of traditional Indian textiles with contemporary textures, designs, colours and patterns is available in sarees, fabrics, dupattas and salwar-kurta coordinates.

All enjoy the hallmark of creative excellence, with diligent attention at every stage of creation, quite in the nature of composing good prose. It is a tribute to the millions of working hands namely spinners, weavers, dyers, printers, surface embellishers whose sweat, toil and tears have nurtured Utsav’s Weave Vriksha.

Utsav’s prime mission has been to initiate a design dialogue between traditional handloom weavers with aesthetic and quality consciousness and the urban clientele – a connoisseur of fine dressing. Spokesperson for Utsav, Rajiv Chandran, who is also dancer Geeta Chandran’s husband, says, “Shashiv has imagined Weave Vriksha as a tree of traditional Indian textile sprouting contemporary textures, designs, colours and patterns.

“We have sourced Kanjeevarams from Tamil Nadu that have been sent to Kolkata for kantha embroidery embellishments, Khadi sarees from Andhra Pradesh which have travelled to Lucknow for chikankari, Ikat with hand-painted kalamkari work from Andhra.Then there are a whole lot of South handloom cottons that have been hand-printed by the traditional chhippas of Rajasthan.

A whole variety of new weaves, patterns and colours have been introduced and Shashiv has worked with weavers in Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.”  

In its range of prints, the focus of the collection remains on vegetable colours, that enjoy a new and popular market niche. They are eco-friendly, safe, non-hazardous, gentle, soft and subtle. Shashiv works with a few favourite vegetable dyes like kashish, indigo, harad, anar chilka, alum and haldi.

What is also special about this model, is the ploughing back of profits to enable weavers, printers and dyers of yarn to secure better education for their children, familiarising themselves with design and customer preferences and through design dialogue offering dignity and value-addition to humble weavers and other textile workers.

Utsav’s commitment to nurturing the heritage value of Indian handlooms continues as it enters its third decade. The exhibition is on at Aga Khan Hall from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm till today.

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