Craft Council of India organises Ugadi Utsav, an exhibition that will see weaves and crafts from three Southern states
With summer around the corner, almost everyone is looking to give their wardrobe a makeover and turn to breathable fabrics. If you’re looking for a on- stop shopping destination for saris from three different Southern states, the Ugadi Utsav organised by the Crafts Council of India is it. An important festival for the people of Andhra, Telangana and Karnataka, Ugadi is the perfect time to introduce these fabrics, says Jayasri Samyukta of CCI. “It is a good mix of weavers and social enterprises working in craft,” she says. In addition, you can also shop for a range of Udayagiri cutlery, which comes in both, traditional and contemporary shapes. What makes Udayagiri cutlery from Nellore stand out is that they’re completely wooden. Ghousia Begum is one of the artisans who works with the Udayagiri cluster, a craft originates back to the Qutub Shah dynasty and says that the craft has been passed on through generations.
“At the Utsav, you can find striped cotton saris from Bobbili, handloom saris from Pulugartha weaves, Andra wonders from Uppada, Khadi from kanakaraju, natural dyed saris from Timbaktu Weaves,
kalamkari printed accessories from Dwaraka Plus and mouthwatering pickles from Jyo’s farm,” adds Jayasri. Mamtha Reddy from Tirupati, of Kalam Creations is exhibiting with CCI after 23 years. She started her brand by exhibiting with the Crafts Council in the early-’90s and has since then moved onto exhibit in several other cities. “I saw a painter who does kalamkari motifs around then, and took him to my town Tirupati when he told me that there were no takers for his product. At that time, kalamkari motifs were only painted on wall hangings, not saris,” explains Mamtha. She then decided to paint on saris, and set up workshops in Tirupati. She will be bringing in a limited collection of 30 pieces, in a mix of handloom fabrics, hand painted saris and natural dyed fabrics. “We have also collaborated with artists in Jaipur, to bring together a pattern that has block printing and kalamkari painting.”
Starts at `10,500.
Today and tomorrow. At Kamala. From 10.30 am.