Organised by The Crafts Council of India the ‘Textiles & Accessories’ Show unfolds the sari’s journey – past, present and future. From ancient, pristine and ‘antique’ to eclectic, innovative, ‘revival’ trendy and even edgy. Conceptualised by master artisan, weaver and designer, embellished by the best embroiderers, bead and sequin artisans – each sari is a unique designer statement of traditional or innovative textures, formats, motifs and colour palettes in tune with today’s tastes and lifestyles. The ‘Textiles & Accessories’ Show carries the universe of India’s textiles and sari culture within it. From the simple elegance of khadi, linen tribal handloom or mulmul saris to the timeless beauty of Benares, Paithani, Ashavali, Patola, Jamdani and Mashroo. The hand block imprints of Ajrakh, Shibori and traditional embroideries leave their magical imprints in exclusive silks and tussars. There are unique Pichwai print art saris and much much more for today’s woman.
Think Benarasi and think priceless saris designed by Abha Dalmia, and Nilambari; each an art piece of woven textures, gentle colours and breathtaking designs. Think Bandhini, Patola and Ashavali and Radhika Chirag Lalbhai, and classical saris come to mind, woven by master artisans and designed by the top in the field of design. Think Himroo fabrics, glorious Paithanis with their distinctive peacock woven borders, richly textured bodies and glorious gold pallus. Tina Eapen’s linen and khadi saris, Manas Ghorai’s distinctive tribal handloom saris, Vanivrtti’s treasure chest of tussars and cotton ikats from Odisha and Bidisha’s collection of contemporary kantha and batik saris which complete the picture of festive wardrobe choices.
And there is much more on display. Value added matka, linen, muslin and jamdaani saris as well as a wealth of Maheshwari, Chanderi and Chattisgarh saris. Among the hand block printed saris, Abdul Rahim Khatri’s Ajrakh handloom prints make priceless statements. For the more casual festive look there is a vast array of kurtas, dupattas and kurtis in cotton tussar and silk, many of them embellished with embroidery, cutwork, beads, etc. Beautiful cholis set the style tone in more ways than one….
The Crafts Council of India is a voluntary not-for profit NGO working for the sustainable growth and development of India’s crafts and craft artisans. The ‘Textiles & Accessories’ Show will be on view at Hotel My Fortune, Cathedral Road, Chennai on the 6th & 7th October, 2017 from 10 am – 7 pm.