Weaving culture: Hyderabad designers and revivalists hope to popularise handloom textiles once again

Designs by Gaurang Shah | Images courtesy: Gaurang Shah
Reposted from: Firstpost In a country as diverse as ours where it is proudly said that food and cultural habits change every 200 kilometers, one aspect in the wide umbrella constituting culture is almost never spelt out loud. Handlooms, much like dosas or dialects, take on a unique form in almost every district in the country in forms as diverse as dhurries, silks and cottons. And although Indian weaves capture in them the weight and wattage of our geography and cultural ethos, today they are struggling for their very survival. Textiles find a mention in two of India’s most important texts —... Read More

The Clothing Designer Bringing Traditional Indian Crafts to the US

Reposted from: Racked Anita Dongre started Grassroot to keep handcrafted clothing alive.

Designer Anita Dongre opened her first US store, Grassroot, in July in New York City’s Soho neighborhood — and just three weeks later, back in India, she debuted a new high-end collection at Couture Week in Delhi. “It’s always busy in fashion,” she says when we speak on the phone. And while things are particularly hectic for Dongre — she runs a fashion empire, after all — what keeps her particularly active is a commitment to working with artisans from villages in... Read More

CURATOR GAUTAM VAZIRANI ON CELEBRATING A NEW STYLE VOCABULARY

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Reposted from: Verve Magazine The fashion maven at IMG-Reliance has been at the helm of Lakmé Fashion Week for over 10 seasons and knows it like the back of his hand For those in the thick of it, the days leading up to Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) can be an endless blur with the single goal of pulling off yet another smashing show. But for Gautam Vazirani, the man who’s been at the helm for over 10 seasons now, every minute is crystal clear. He landed his role as fashion curator at IMG-Reliance after doing the rounds of PR firms and... Read More

Ten Indian architects who are harnessing traditional wisdom to build the homes of the future

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Reposted from: Scroll.in In an increasingly concretised country, these men and women are going against the grain. India is in the throes of a planning frenzy and several smart cities are on the anvil. The country’s property boom, besides being hungry for sand, iron, cement and water, is quickly obliterating any nuances that existed in traditional design to address the region’s climate, environment and culture. But there is a breed of Indian architects who are going against the grain and espousing sustainability as a defining feature of their work. Choosing to turn their back on green rating systems and sustainability certifications, these... Read More

The Kutch Renaissance

Artisans from the Halepotra community working on embroidery assigned by Shrujan. | Image Courtesy: LLDC Shrujan
Reposted from: Live Mint It’s been 16 years since the Bhuj earthquake wiped out lives, livelihoods and villages. A journey through the region now reveals how it has found new life through crafts, and how tradition has become its route to modernity

When a natural calamity destroys lives and livelihoods, assets and resources, human capital and wealth, the survivors and state stare at a difficult question: What should be restored and what should be allowed to pass? Kutch in Gujarat faced this question after 26 January 2001. Kutch lives by its crafts and textiles, and with its diverse yet syncretic... Read More

RENUKA REDDY ON HER MISSION TO RESTORE HANDMADE CHINTZ TO ITS PAST GLORY

Finished Chintz | Image Courtesy: Renuka Reddy
Reposted from: Verve Magazine The traditionally laborious technique has now given way to digital prints and synthetic methods A hot, humid 2010 summer day in Houston could not dampen my excitement. A book I had ordered had just been delivered. It was Chintz: Indian textiles for the West written by Rosemary Crill and published by the V&A. The cause of my quickened pulse and hungry eyes were visions of undulating trees laden with unimaginable, exotic flowers and leaves, mischievous birds and animals in resplendent colours, coming together on fabric. As I contemplated ideas I wanted to pursue when I relocated to India... Read More

MAKU TEXTILES: HOW A DYING WEAVE WAS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

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Reposted from: Verve Magazine  Maku, through its clothes, embodies the ideologies of a more tolerant world. Santanu Das, its founder, tells us its story and what defines it Santanu Das, founder at Maku | Image Source: Verve Magazine After finishing his course at NID and working in New York, Santanu Das, founder at Maku, decided to immerse himself into his roots and culture. What culminated from this was a deeply embedded desire to reconnect with his past and share his artistic story with a wider audience. We caught up with Das at Good Earth’s ‘Slow Fashion’ pop-up, as he spoke to... Read More

The Fascinating History of the Fabric That Became a Symbol of India’s Freedom Struggle

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Reposted from: The Better India Few countries have used fabric as a tool to achieve freedom. And that’s the reason why nearly seven decades after India gained its hard-won independence, khadi continues to inspire and amaze people around the globe.

A fabric that embodies a worldview of the past as well as of the future, khadi is a symbol of Indian textile heritage.

  The word itself is derived from ‘khaddar’, a term for handspun fabric in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. While khadi is usually manufactured from cotton, contrary to popular belief, it is also made from silk and woolen yarn (called khadi... Read More

Designs on ikat: How the Indian fashion industry is helping revive the traditional textile technique

Amit Aggarwal's collection
Reposted from: Firstpost You may have seen Pochampally ikat or Patola ikat saris in your mother's wardrobes, which she is sure to count among her prized possessions. But today, ikat is not just limited to traditional garb. From breezy tops to funky footwear and bags, the textile technique is being used by designers in a more contemporary avatar. Designer Amit Aggarwal, whose recent collection has Patola saris (a double ikat woven saree) transformed into his signature sculpted forms, says it is crucial to make an age-old art like ikat relevant and more accessible for people today, and designers have taken up the... Read More

‘I want people to think about where cities get their food from’

Narayana Peesapatty & his edible line of cutlery. Styling: Swati@Nitin Tandon Food Styling Company. Hair & Make-up: Sapna Vaid. Production: Yogeshwari Singh. Photo: Ssameer Parekh.
Reposted from: CN Traveller These bunch of folks are pushing the India brand all the way, with a focus on indie ingredients, resources and design This is part II of the story 50 people changing the way India eats, read  part I, IIIIV, V. Kumud Dadlani, provenance manager, Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Kumud Dadlani is fighting the good fight.| Image Source: CN Traveller “I want people to think about where cities get their food from, and to understand why we eat what we eat.” For... Read More





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