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GREAT IDEAS: Innovative designs.
GREAT IDEAS: Innovative designs.

ROHINI RAMAKRISHNAN

Innovative, daring, traditional and contemporary designs were displayed at the exhibition in the Government College of Fine Arts.

Two eyes stare at you from a white tee shirt. The mouth opened wide at the point where the stomach is, represented extreme hunger. Innovative, daring, traditional and very contemporary, designs like these were displayed at the Textile Design Exhibition at the Government College of Fine Arts, recently. Mr. Jeyapal, a part-time lecturer at the college, said that if the student has the "skill to hold a pencil and the interest to create" that is the most vital qualification to join this course. O. Radha, instructor in the Department of Textiles, said that the primary lesson that the students learned was to draw from Nature. For example, they observe a leaf and draw it in all its nuances. From this they learn about colours and the different shading they find in it. This in turn gets transformed with their innate creativity. More of geometrical designs and bold lines were on patterns the students had portrayed for the prints for furnishing. Tales from myths and legends were on the two pieces of tapestry that the students had woven with intricate care.

Summer shades

The topic of colour and what it symbolises is also dealt with in great length. And so the exhibition displayed the soft colours of summer and the warmer colours that are used for the monsoon months. Sarees sported the traditional Kancheepuram motifs of the rudraksha bead design and the koel's eye design. Temple motifs and the "neli" motif with peacock and deer adorning the broad borders were seen in vibrant colours.Printing, both screen and block, weaving that includes handloom and power looms and Batik and tie and dye are learnt. Even while the students are taught with the basics, they are encouraged to go ond the mundane. And this was evident in the creativity that the exhibition displayed. Mosquito coils and broken bangles adorned designs while others had pecan shells and sand along with designs done on computer software. The elegant designer sarees that displayed the traditional Kochampalli design converted into batik, spoke volumes of exciting future that these young designers had in the realm of the textile industry.


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