Organised by The Crafts Council of India, the 32nd ‘Textile Show’ presents a wealth of the country’s unique saris rooted in the fabled weaves of the past, yet carrying wonderful designer inputs and imprints which makes every sari on display a one-of-its-kind statement. Each sari, whether classical, antique, contemporary or even edgy, tells a special handwoven story, whether in the woven magical textile weaves of Maheshwari, Chanderi, Telia Rumaal, Uppada, Eri Silk, Bengal cotton or ikat. Top designers, embellishers and artisans have worked and innovated with weaves, motifs, blocks, embroidery, tie and dye and more to create their own textile narratives featuring saris, yardage, dupattas, stoles etc.
Madhu Jain’s (a designer, crafts revivalist and textile conservationist) work comprises of natural fibers and in specific ‘the worlds first Ikat silk fabric made out of bamboo’ - which was unveiled by her. Jain has also been instrumental in innovating new weaves and in reviving textiles and embroidery - notably, Nakshikantha and Dhaka Muslin - that were lost to India post partition. She was recently conferred the prestigious ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ on March 8th 2018.
Look out for the pristine beauty of Kerala saris created by Usha Devi Balakrishnan of ‘Anka’. Riddhi Jain’s Bandhej, Ikramuddin Sabir Neelgar’s fantastic natural dyed leheriyas, Chaman Premji Vankar’s mesmerising Kutchi handlooms saris, stoles and dupattas, Jyoti Reddy’s ‘Ereena’ Telia Rumaals, Eri silks and ikats, the wondrous Benares’s of ‘Rastogi Benarasi Silk House’, Avni Bhuva’s Khari and hand block prints, Vivek Narang’s designer textiles and much much more.
Delving into the treasure chest of the CCI’s ‘Textile Show’ is sure to provide a rare textile experience to the cognoscenti of Chennai. The Textile Show will be on view at Hotel My Fortune, Cathedral Road, Chennai on the 6th & 7th April , 2018 from 10 am – 7 pm.
The Crafts Council of India (CCI) is a volunteer run, not-for-profit NGO working for the sustainable growth and development of India’s crafts and craft artisans. CCI is headquartered in Chennai and has 10 Affiliated State Councils.