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A PLAY with colours and patterns
A PLAY with colours and patterns

Dastkar Andhra is here with a mélange of materials

I n just a few decades, Dastkar Andhra's engagement with the cotton weavers of the State has become the stuff of contemporary legend. As has the textile synergy of the superb weaves, designs and palette of colours, emerging from the interaction of the NGO and the economically-marginalised weaver. Today, the Andhra weaver, with magic in his fingers and a vast repertoire of textile knowledge, stands tall, his elegant ‘Dastkar' fabric, a mix of traditional weave and contemporary design; a harmony of colour and content.

The best of handloom

At the Dastkar sale now on in the city, the best of handloom and khadi is on view. Jewel tones and earth colours, stripes, checks and kalamkari designs, jacquard patterning and Mangalagiri fabric meet in an explosion of textile magic. The combination of colours in stripes and kalamkari flowers enchants us. The lovely indigo and alizarin khadi saris with their lovely palette of colours are stunning. The kalamkari vegetable-dyed saris and fabric are a class apart, each a mélange of harmonised colour and design. Salwar suits too come in a wide range of Mangalagiri and kalamkari. Some eye-catching weaving together of tussar and cotton is seen in off-white yardage. The collection of finely-woven dupattas in a spectrum of colours too catches the imagination.

The sale is on at C.P. Arts Centre, Mini Stall, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet till December 28.

PUSHPA CHARI

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