With summer not far away, it's time to celebrate airy cotton, light chiffon, breezy georgette and fine crepe. Maheshwari, Chanderi, Chikankari mull and muslin, Dhakai jamdani… India's textile heritage continues to weave magic. Welcome to all this and more at The Crafts Council of India's Textile, Jewellery and Accessories show, opening today at Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road.
From Orissa, National Award winners Dayalu Meher and Swarnalatha Meher present ikat Sambhalpuri saris in cotton in a varied colour palette, with the fish and peacock motifs on the borders standing out. Ramananda Basak's innovative Bengal cottons and fine khadi are always a favourite, while each of Padmashri Derawala's dabu and mud resist saris is a masterpiece.
Natural indigo, haldi and red from iron filings synergise with block prints in the creations from Sanganer. Ikramuddin Neelgar's leheriya saris showcase the spectrum of natural dyes. The ethereal charm of the Maheshwari is brought out in pastels and other shades. If Rema Kumar's tussar and cotton weaves are dramatic, Ashoke Kumar Das' kantha embroidered saris make a fine fashion statement. There are also designer cholis to match as well as chunky silver tribal jewellery, beads and glass accessories.
The exhibition is on view on March 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Keywords: Crafts Council of India