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Infusing life into weaves

At the Dastkar Andhra exhibition  

It was at the 2005 Dastkar Andhra exhibition in Chennai that Ved Prakash, a weaver from East Godavari district had said, “They have given us back our weaving culture. We don’t have to leave our villages anymore to look for work,” while talking about the Hyderabad-based NGO Dastkar Andhra.

Vanappa, a natural dye maker from Rayalseema had added, “I had stopped making dye from indigo which is our main work. Dastkar Andhra has revived it for us.”

Both Ved Prakash and Vanappa are part of the mini-revolution in cotton handloom weaves brought about by Dastkar Andhra in their work with the weavers of Pasalapati, East Godavari, Ponduru and Srikakulam districts of Andhra and Telangana.

Five hundred weavers have not only got sustainable work under the movement, but take pride in weaving handloom saris, yardage, dupattas and stoles for urban clientele. Introduction of new colours, patterns and designs have added to the beauty of the traditional weaves. For instance, Kalamkari block prints, dramatic checks and stripes have lent a contemporary appeal to handloom.

For the past 15 years, through exhibitions across the country, Dastkar Andhra has helped showcase the work of these weavers.

Dastkar Andhra’s landmark work with natural dyes on khadi can be seen at the ongoing DAMA exhibition (till Feb 28) at CP Arts Centre, Eldams Road.


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