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National award winning weavers endeavor to promote traditional textile

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2014-04-21 11:15:00 – New Delhi

Indian National award winning weavers displaying traditional fabrics and handloom textiles not commonly found in markets at the second edition of the ongoing ‘Summer Weaves 2014’ exhibition, in an attempt to promote traditional textiles.

Tribal weavers Gobardhan Panika and his wife Jema both winners of national award rom Kotpad town of Odisha, have been put on show organic hand woven cotton fabrics dyed using natural colours which is now a day’s made by very few people.

Woven from mill, spun yarn from Bastar, Chattisgarh, the couple has made saris, dupattas in their trademark off-white and maroon pallette with traditional motifs.

Another national awardee, Ramananda Basak from Phulia town of West Bengal has put up his traditional jamdani saris for sale. Jamdanis are one of the finest textiles of West Bengal. The jamdani saris produced by them are very different from what is available at the markets as they are designed differently keeping in mind the taste of their buyers. They are into weaving business since 500 years.

Similarly, Khatri Ibrahim Isa from Kutch, Gujarat, also a national awardee, has brought Ajrakh-print textiles made out of mulberry silk for sale. Ajrakh saris basically have geometric shaped designs and the specialty of Ajrakh fabrics is that it can be printed on both sides.

The ten day second edition of "Dastkar - Summer Weaves", exhibition is going on at Kisan Haat at Andheria Modh, Delhi.This textile exhibition is sure to win hearts with its lovely collection. It is such events only that promotes our culture, our style and our creativity.

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