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    A quick primer on CCI’s Textile Show this weekend, where offerings of 22 stalls from across the nation are showcased

    From popular offerings like tangail, uppada and mangalgiri to expertimental saris with Japanese patterns and Thai influences, the Textile Show by the Crafts Council India (CCI) is the destination this weekend for shoppers, artistes, entrepreneurs and designers of the city who understand the charm of woven textiles. We’re talking 22 stalls, showcasing more than 27 different crafts, including ikat, kantha work, hand block printing and bandhini. The Crafts Council India has been helping weavers tap into the mainstream market for more than 15 years now. Having showcased at Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Agartala, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Faridabad and Kolkata, this show provides an impressive platform for the weavers of the country.

    Stylish makeover
    “Over the years, the weavers are not only doing their job, but also upgrading their skills and thus improving their potential. This encourages designers like Abha Dalmia and Neeru Kumar to work with them,” says Bela Khaleeli, joint treasurer and member of the organising committee of the Crafts Council India. Dalmia, known for her steps to revive the Benarasi weave and the multi-kali lehenga, is exploring Japanese motifs in her designs. Khaleeli further shares that traditional weaves are enjoying a revival thanks to films and the red carpet, though she concedes that the youth need to take more interest in our rich textile heritage.
    In the spotlight

    Expect a line-up of Benarasi and maheshwari weaves and tussar silks that are summer favourites, as are mashru silk, a handwoven fabric from Gujarat that has a silk warp and a cotton weft, and chikan embroidery. Some specials are bandhini from Abdul Vahab Khatri, leheriya from Ikramuddin Neelgar, and tribal handloom saris by Manas Ghorai. “We have also added first-timers like Ereena who promote eri silk or ahimsa silk and Vivek Narang, known for use of natural fibres,” says Khaleeli. Another stall to watch out for would be Karigar Weaves by Gurgaon-based Ritu Mehta. They are known for Maheshwari saris and tussar duppatas. Meanwhile, Gamthiwala lures with saris in hand block prints and mashru silk. “It is going to be the best of the best,” promises Khaleeli.

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    -Sumitra Nair

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