Desi handloom at Vastrabharana by Craft Council of Karnataka

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2018-05-25 21:59:00 – Mumbai

Stoles and dupattas in chanderi and khadi fabrics ,Sarees, scarves, Madhubani art weaves, ajrakh prints and hand-woven silks will be on sale at the two-day exhibition and sale.

Vastrabharana also educates weavers and craftsmen on how to cater to contemporary buyers through design intervention and product development, to bridge the gap between artisan communities and urban markets.

The exhibition focus is at providing a sustainable livelihood and profits for 34 weavers from all around the country. Anoop Rai of MARM “Fifty percent of our sales are from Vastrabharana,” he also added that it is a participating brand that will be selling chanderi sarees (3,500-12,500), dupattas (1,500-4,500), scarves and stoles (1,000-1,500) and fabric (600-1,000) at the textile exhibition

Vastrabharana 2018’s highlights include Nuppur’s recreation of Madhubani art on woven materials and handlooms from Mangaligiri, Metaphor Racha’s functional summer khadi clothing ,Sufiyan Khatri’s contemporary innovation with the ajrakh prints of Kutch, and Banaras by Vishal Kapur Design.

It also includes display of Srinagar and vishwakarma sarees that tell stories by Palash as well as home furnishings in kasuti embroidery by Kala Nele.

Designer Malavika of Malavika creations, a recipient of the UNESCO Seal of Excellence, will display a range of badla craftsmanship on Maheshwari and tussar silks.

High on the success , the Craft Council of Karnataka’s (CCK) of its first Mumbai edition, annual handicrafts exhibition, Vastrabharana, is back with an impressive display of handloom textiles and handmade jewellery from all over India.

It also aims with CCK at linking contemporary designers to local artisans who master the textile craft of their region. “[CCK] encourages us to work with the craftspeople who are directly involved with handmade products and they also try to keep traditional handicrafts alive”, says Manas Gorai, designer, gemmologist and owner of brand, Manas, which employed 15 craftspersons to put together, a collection of naturally dyed khadi fabrics and handmade jewellery which will be showcased at the exhibition, ranging from 1500 to 15000.

Vastrabharana aims at promoting Indian handlooms and textiles while providing a sustainable livelihood to local crafts people and artisans.

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