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    Artisans from across India showcase their crafts at Vastrabharana

    WITH the festive season hot on our heels, there’s no time like now to update your wardrobe. In its 24th edition, Vastrabharana by the Crafts Council of Karnataka is the place to be if it’s handloom saris and fabrics you’re after. The exhibition this year is bringing together a host of national- and state-level award winning weavers from across the length and breadth of the country. Says designer Purvi Patel, who is on the organising committee, “The Crafts Council is a great platform for small-time artisans to showcase their art to consumers. And every year, we try to do something different, to keep things interesting.”
    The five-day event kicks off with a performance by renowned Bharatanatyam exponent, Malavika Sarukkai. This will be followed by a demonstration on ikat knotting techniques by Arjun Pal Bandha, an award-winning ikat weaver from Bidharpur, Cuttack. “More than just a marketplace for saris, Vastrabharana seeks to promote sari culture with performances, talks and workshops that are in tune with its interests,” explains Patel, adding that there will be a short talk on textile traditions of Assam by Jonali Saikia, the founder of Heeya, a Bengaluru-based company that works with weavers from the North East of India and sells their products here.
    Around 50 master weavers and printers will be presenting their collections, which range from ikats and Paithanis to Mangalgiris. Some of the most prominent, include Uppada and Paithanis from Hyderabad-based Ghanshyam Sarode, linen saris by Anavila Misra, natural-dyed handblock-printed silks by Pracheen and traditional Assamese Mekhela Chadders by designer Anuradha Pegu.
    “We are also excited about a range of innovative Kanjeevaram silks from Hasta Weaves of Chennai,” shares the designer.
    At Chitrakala Parishat, Kumara Krupa Road. Till October 5. Details: 9886523160
    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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