Weaving traditions

Weaving traditions

To support traditional weavers and hand-crafted and handmade textiles, Delhi Crafts Council recently presented ‘Sarees of India – Innovating Tradition,’ a three-day exhibition that brought together a stunning collection of hand-woven sarees from across the country. 

Dr Syeda Hameed, member, Planning Commission, inaugurated the show at Aga Khan Hall by presenting the ‘Sutrakar Samman 2013’ to PL Bhanumurthy for excellence in South Indian Saree Weaving. On the development of textile skills in India, Dr Hameed said that over the last few decades, these are facing a danger of decline and sincere efforts are required for the growth and revival of textile skills. She appreciated initiatives like these to bring back the focus on sarees and those who create these stunning pieces.

The collection of sarees showcased included weaves from Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Benaras and many more regional hotspots. Purnima Rai, president, Delhi Crafts Council informed Metrolife, “This year we are delighted to exhibit the work of 20 participants bringing numerous types of sarees in traditional Indian weaves. The range includes Chanderi, Chikankari, Linen, Khadi, South Indian Weaves, Prints, Kantha, Bandhani, Ikat, Tussar Prints, Leharia and much more.”

The flag of Odisha’s textiles was held high by Vriksha design studio. Pradeep Pillai created timeless pieces in different hand-weaving techniques from Odisha’s special Tussar silk. An eclectic line of sarees in interesting textures, bright and bold hues were displayed by Bailou from Bengal. Translate Sarees created contemporary Ikat with bold patterns and new layouts. A hint of modernity with traditional Bandhani was what Suleman Khatri brought in.

Pracheen displayed eco-friendliness in sarees by showcasing the fine art of block printing and dyeing in vegetable colours. Designers Sarita&Sarika brought Karomi, a brand specialising in handloom weaving, hand embroideries and combined techniques. Other exhibitors included Anuradha Kuli from Assam, Leena Das specialising in Bhagalpur Tussar and Raw Mango with their Chanderi sarees.

Kripa K., a visitor, said, “This event is akin to a pilgrimage of all traditional textile hotspots in India. Every major and minor weaving style is available here, under one roof. I have picked up several sarees and hope to do so next year too, when ‘Sarees of India 2014’ arrives.”  

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