About the show:
The Crafts Council of India presents its 33rd Edition of Textiles & Accessories – a dazzling range of specially designed saris, dupattas, fabric and stoles created by twenty one leading designers of the country working with rooted textile traditions as a basis of brilliant experimentation. This exclusive and rare textile collection is the result of designer master weaves and artisan interface. It unfolds the evolving face of sari and fabric today. From bespoke heirloom luxury saris woven with real silver, re envisioned and revisited Benares heritage saris, re imagined rare old kotas, paithanis and himroos, chanderis, maheshwaris and hand-woven silks to a wonderful profusion of cool, mesmerising khadi, linen and jute saris and fabric. The language gives each sari, dupatta and fabric a magical touch, be it in the tweak of a weave or in surface ornamentation mingling handblock prints with embroidery, ancient Pichwai painting on the ‘pallu’, florals diffused to present fairyland gardens, exciting new merging and shading of color palettes or a revival of ancient weaves and motifs in contemporary formats.
Yet through the wondrous diversity of the saris from many regions of india runs the thread of a shared USP: pride in nurturing heritage weaves and textile traditions and using them to create contemporary products and a focus on eco friendly sustainability.
The ‘Textiles & Accessories’ show presents a sari for every occasion and every season!
Think Benarasi classics and Nilambaris collection comes into view. Based on centuries old weaves, revival of the jamdani tradition, each one of its kind nilambari sari is breathtaking in concept and craftsmanship. Vidhi singhania’s exquisite collection features cotton ‘khat’ saris in soft pastels stunning half silver half gold kota jaal saris, jacquards, ‘panch buttis’ and much more. The quirky named 2 up 2 down label features embellishment with shibori, hand block printing and embroidery. Her custom made bespoke saris, stoles and fabric walk international ramps and are used in their fashion creations by Giorgio Armani and others. Anavila Misra’s lyrical linen saris ‘swati’, ‘gulzar’ and ‘radha’ are not only collectors’ items and heirlooms of the future but epitomise cotton textiles at their best. National award winner Khatri Abdul Rahim Anwar’s ajrak fused with hand block prints create saris of unusual beauty in his label Kara; while Weaver’s studio create exciting textures with kantha embroidery.
The textile show is about innumerable showstoppers. The cool beauty of linen saris, khadi frabic and saris with exquisite embroidery and block prints, the freshness and ethereal look of muslins, designer Bengal cottons and mulberry silk saris each cast a spell of innovative style and not to be missed, the poetic loveliness of dwaraka’s kalamkari saris, himroo’s wide range of beautiful paithanis and blouses glaore. Label Zohra’s natural gemstone jewellery literally adds ‘sone par suhaga’ to ‘CCI’s textiles & accessories show’ which keeps its promises to Chennai textile lover, year upon year.
The Crafts Council of India (CCI) is a volunteer run, not-for-profit NGO working for the sustainable growth and development of India’s crafts and it’s craft artisans.