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    Label Karigar Weaves comes to the city with a pop-up of tussar and Maheswari saris

    Gurgaon-based Karigar Weaves presents a distinctive range of tussar-silk and Maheshwari saris and fabric sets at the Hatworks Boulevard this weekend. The renowned textile outfit was started by Ritu and Jai Gupta in 1993 to preserve the rich weaving and textile printing traditions of India. “Our aim was always to harness the vast heritage of crafts in our handloom sector,” says the design lead of the brand Ritu Gupta. “Over the last two decades we have grown from a small outfit to supporting over 200 weavers, dyers and printers all over the country,” she smiles.
    In the twenty-odd years since its inception Karigar Weaves has been patronised by several leading ladies in the diplomatic and arts’ circles including Sheila Dixit, Maneka Gandhi and Gursharan Kaur (Manmohan Singh’s wife) and artiste Vyjayanthimala Bali.
    Gupta works with artisans from all over the country, “We have weavers in Chapa and Maheshwar (Madhya Pradesh), Benares and Kolkata, and printers in Jaipur.”
    The textile aficionado explains what makes their weaves unique, “You will find that our tussars are beautiful and soft; unlike other tussar saris available. The reason for this is that we bleach our saris first and then dye and print them.” One only needs to look at a Karigar Weaves creation to appreciate the outstanding quality of the fabrics and originality of their prints. “We employ a combination of traditional floral and modern geometric motifs. We also use a little bit of embroidery on a few of our creations to add a little more grandeur; and of course our signature ombre colours.”
    The exhibition will also showcase fabrics and stoles.
    `3000 upwards.
    January 6-7. At Cunningham Road. Details: 9810990506
    — SK

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