Crafts Council of India hosts two shows for the coming weekend
The target of Crafts Council of India for the year 2018 is to go green in the crafts and handloom sectors. Alongside the summer pop-up that it’s usually known for, it will also have an engaging session on crafting techniques and its impact on the environment. Extending over four days, the exhibition promises an extensive variety of weaves and interesting workshops by panellists and artisans from the textile sector.
Taking the green route
Want to know about eco-friendly tanning practices and sustainable fibres? Going Green— The Way Forward, is a two-day visual exhibition that talks about different crafting practises used by artisans in India. Expect interesting sessions on ajrakh, an age-old technique of block printing from Jaipur, a research and case study on Purdilnagar near Uttar Pradesh known for its handcrafted beads and natural tie-and-dye workshops among others.“Our motto is mainly to create awareness in building an uninterrupted green value chain in crafting products, from raw materials to processes and post-production practices,” says Jayasri Samyukta, Executive Committee Member of CCI. The event is expected to be an eye-opener on the subject specifically for students, faculty, professionals, experts, artisans and those interested in the subject of a green future in craft and textile.
From bamboo ikat to eri silks, Crafts Council of India’s 32nd edition will have an assemblage of weaves picked from different parts of the country. The Textile Show will bring together 22 Indian textile designers. One can view the expansive textile traditions from different locations in India and meet the makers behind the different labels being showcased. Whether antique or contemporary, the range offers a variety to pick from Benaresi, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Bengal cotton, and Uppada. Alongside saris, artisans have also created yardage, dupattas, blouses, pants and stoles. Among the lot will be craft revivalist Madhu Jain, who, was recently conferred with the Nari Shakti Puraskar on Women’s Day. She will be unveiling her first ikat silk fabric made out of bamboo fibre.
Some of the other interesting options include National Awardee artisan Chaman Premji Vankar’s Kutch handloom, Usha Devi’s Kerala weaves in Anka, Studio Medium’s finely dyed Bandhej, Natural Dyed Textiles from Assam by Anuradha Kulli and eri silk by Ereena. With khadi, Kutch handlooms and Bengal cottons, the fabrics for the season are on the breezy end. Offering more pastel colours with chikan embroidery and block prints, these drapes are light to wear for summer.
Going Green — The way Forward will be at MRI centre.
April 3 and 4. 10 am - 4 pm. The Textile Show will be at Hotel My Fortune, April 6 and 7. 10 am - 6 pm.