A heritage set to unravel

A heritage set to unravel
Vastrabharana’ is celebrating its 25th year and the 2017 edition is back at Chitrakala Parishath with many more participants from all over the country, from October 1 to 5.

The exhibition, which has become synonymous with the connoisseurs of handcrafted textiles of the city, will be inaugurated on October 1 by Vyjayanthimala Bali, actor and classical exponent of bharatanatyam, and actor Sharmiela Mandre.

The exhibition is organised by the Crafts Council of Karnataka which has always kept alive the tradition of sari culture and awareness.

This year, as always, over 50 master weavers and printers participating from different states of the country.

Every year, they try to highlight a particular textile tradition.

This year the endeavour has been to focus and present many varieties of woven textiles to the discerning patrons of ‘Vastrabharana’.

Pankaja will present contemporary hand woven saris reinterpreted for the discerning connoisseurs. Her collections includes ‘bandha’ (‘ikat’ from Cuttack) with minimalistic detailing along with beautiful drapes, hand spun ‘khadi tussar’ from Gopalpur enhanced with ‘kumba’ and extra weft work motifs.

Ghanshyam Sarode of Hyderabad will be presenting the famous ‘uppada’ and ‘paithani’ saris and exquisite ‘Andhra khadi’.

Gamtiwala of Ahmedabad will lure customers with attractive hand-blocked printed yardage.

Pracheen will showcase handblock printed silk with natural dyes while Anuradha Pegu will be bringing unique natural dyed weaves of Assam. There will be colourful ‘chanderis’ from Marm Creations. Exquisite and affordable Andhra cotton ‘ikats’ from Abhihara are another speciality.

Other highlights that will be on display are ‘Hasta Weaves’ of Chennai, which is bringing a beautiful traditional collection of ‘Kanjeevaram’ saris along with innovative textures and weaves. There’s also the collection of Ghanshyam Sarode’s unique cotton ‘paithanis’ and ‘uppadas’ and more.

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