Wednesday November 22, 2017

Designers showcase clothing made from khadi, kota during Rajasthan Heritage Week


Jaipur: Shirts, kurtas, dresses, suits, saris, jumpsuits and coats — all this and more in khadi and kota were at the core of the eclectic showcase on day one of the Rajasthan Heritage Week, which went underway here on Thursday.

Designers, both Indian and international — as well as award-winning weavers, showcased the versatility of weaves and crafts from the state.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who attended the gala, was impressed by the possibilities that the designers explored with fabrics and techniques native to the state.

Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell, who works closely with artisans and weavers in Rajasthan, opened the gala with a bright and wearable line.

Saris, skirts, dhotis, kurtas, shawls and pants, all well-accessorized with ethnic belts, headgear, jewelry or tie-ups, made up Russell’s collection, which was vibrant and soothing to the eye.

The designer, who considers Rajasthan her second home, took a much-deserved bow with the local artisans whose skills she has so beautifully interspersed with her design sensibilities.

Next up was a showcase of ten kota saris by master weaver Nasruddin Ansari, while Sabir Bhai, another award-winning weaver from Kaithoon in Kota district, displayed his creations of kota saris done in leheriya. From black and nude colors to pink and orange — he brought a riot of colors on the white ramp.

Jason & Anshu of brand ‘smallshop’ created a mix of Menswear and Womenswear in casual yet chic silhouettes, while Kaaryah — a non-casual wear brand for women — brought out a line which saw a melange of the traditional and modern in a subtle yet convincing way.

For Kaaryah’s line, vibrant handmade fabrics like khadi and cotton were incorporated with the use of Rajasthani techniques like ‘abhala’ and ‘bandhani’.

There was also Sri Lanka-based designer Ajai Vir Singh, who brought in an all-men collection in khadi. The beauty in his creations truly lay in their simplicity.

The color and glamour was brought to the show by the day one finale designer Pallavi Murdia, who’s based in the city. The use of embroideries like aari-tari, mirror work, dabka, zardozi, mukaish, resham, gota-patti with sequins, beads and crystals in bright and lovely colors, lent a glamorous look to the outfits.

With interesting drapes, capes and crop tops, apart from suits, saris and more — the finale was enlivened with a live performance of songs like ‘Chhaap tilak’, ‘Piya re’ and ‘Damadam mast’. The show had a celebrity show-stopper in the form of beauty queen Vartika Singh, but it was rightfully the creations that caught the attention.

The Rajasthan Heritage Week, which will conclude here on Saturday, is a step by the Khadi Board and the Rajasthan government, in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates. The idea is to promote the concept of ‘Handmade in Rajasthan’, thereby generating employment and exposure for the state’s weavers.

(Radhika Bhirani, IANS)


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Mann Ki Baat: Modi Recalls ‘Khadi Movement’, Urges People to Use Khadi

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

New Delhi, Sep 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ show, memorialized ‘Khadi Movement’.  He urged the masses to promote khadi usage and take it forward as a movement. “I had earlier mentioned that Khadi was not a cloth but a movement which should be taken forward,” Modi said in the 36th edition of his monthly radio programme, “Mann Ki Baat”.

Stating that he has observed a surge in the people’s interest towards Khadi, the Prime Minister said that the sale of the fabric has also increased due to which the employment among poor people has seen a rise.

“We must work towards lighting lamps in the houses of people engaged in the Khadi industry this Diwali,” he said.

“The Khadi ashram in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi was defunct for the last 26 years, however, it has now been revived,” Modi added. (IANS)

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Khadi gives Employment to a lot of people and should be encouraged: Ace fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh

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New Delhi, April 25, 2017: Ace fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, known for using handloom in his creations, says a product like Khadi gives employment to a lot of people and thus, should be encouraged.

Earlier this month, the designer was seen giving makeovers to youngsters using handloom in the first episode of The NDTV Good Times show “Get The Look #GlobalIndia”.

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“Khadi is a hand-spun fibre. The virtues of Khadi are that there is a lot of air gap between the construction of the fabric which makes it very comfortable. We just have to make people aware of what it is, why Khadi is a product of so much effort. It is a very labour intensive product and gives employment to a lot of people,” Singh told IANS.

“We Indians have an emotional connect with the product. As the history involved with Khadi… it is a product with a real soul in it rather than a mass produce mill made fabric. Once you educate people about this, I think it is good enough for people to consider it over mass produce, so called cheaper product,” he added.

“Get The Look #GlobalIndia” will also have designer Sanjay Garg, Monica and Karishma and Gaurang Shah giving makeovers to thirteen youngsters.

The show will end on June 15. (IANS)

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India Needs To Return to The Handloom Bandwagon: Here is Why!

The British had ruined the cottage industries of India, and they remained dead even after the invaders had left the country

Handloom Industry. Image source:
  • India has always boasted of a rich heritage of producing handloom apparels
  • During the rule of monarchs, like the Mughals, these weavers and artisans were greatly rewarded for their genius and artistry
  • With the advent of British, this changed and the cottage industries received a huge blow

India has been the treasure trove of raw materials for as long as history can remember. The rich and fertile lands of India were the primary producers of all kinds of spices and the people were expert in the art of agriculture. Not only that, they could produce magnificent paintings with natural colors which they extracted from the flowers, fruits and even spices. Different parts of India were known for their own distinct culture and art. Though dissimilar according to their place of origin, they had certain noticeable similarities as well.

Dhaka was famous for its muslin, Orissa for Ikat, West Bengal for Baluchuri, Madhya Pradesh for Chanderi and Maheshwari , Andhra Pradesh for Pomchampally and Bihar for tussar silk. The exceptional prowess of India in this particular field drew many foreign invaders to India.

A silk loom in Varanasi, India. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
A silk loom in Varanasi, India. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

When the British invaded India and set up colonies, they bought all the raw materials they could from India and sent it to Britain. The Indian market was flooded with cheap British goods, in exchange. The Drainage of Wealth began and indigenous Indian cottage industries faced a terrible downfall.

The artisans and workers were not appreciated like the olden days any more. Instead they were tortured and they had to produce whatever the foreign government asked them to. A deplorable state of the economy of India was inevitable.

Even after the British left India and India became independent, we were not entirely been able to get over the Company Raj. Industrial revolution, which was brought into India by the British, adversely affected the cottage industries of India. Mass produced industrial goods were far cheaper than hand-loom products thus people would always buy them. The living conditions of the talented weavers and artists of India is continuing to deteriorate.

A weaver making a saree in Bishnupur, West Bengal. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
A weaver making a saree in Bishnupur, West Bengal. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

However, today, numerous foreign countries, including that of Europe, appreciate the beauty of handmade garments and therefore the demand for them in the market is gradually increasing. The Ministry of Textiles of the Indian Government has taken a novel initiative by promoting the Khadi industry under the label of “Indian Handloom Brand” (IHB). 

A weaver in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
A weaver in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

IKEA is also playing an instrumental role in emancipation of Indian cottage industries by joining hands with many of such small Indian companies. So, there is still hope that the indigenous handloom industries of India will be able to reaffirm its position in the world market.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at newsGram.