The Crafts Council of India presents its 33rd Edition of Textiles & Accessories, an exhibition of exclusive collection of textiles & accessories by the finest makers of India. This exclusive and rare textile collection is the result of designer master weaves and artisan interface. It unfolds the evolving face of sari and fabric today. From bespoke heirloom luxury saris woven with real silver, re envisioned and revisited Benares heritage saris, re-imagined rare old kotas, paithanis and himroos, chanderis, maheshwaris and hand-woven silks to a wonderful profusion of cool, mesmerising khadi, linen and jute saris and fabric.
Based on centuries old weaves, revival of the jamdani tradition, look for Nilambari sari with breathtaking in concept and craftsmanship. Vidhi singhania’s exquisite collection features cotton ‘khat’ saris in soft pastels, stunning half silver half gold kota jaal saris, jacquards, ‘panch buttis’ and much more. The quirky ‘2 up 2 down’ label features embellishment with shibori, hand block printing and embroidery. The custom made bespoke saris, stoles and fabric walk international ramps and are used in their fashion creations by Giorgio Armani and others. Anavila Misra’s lyrical linen saris ‘swati’, ‘gulzar’ and ‘radha’ are not only collectors’ items and heirlooms of the future but epitomise cotton textiles at their best. National award winner Khatri Abdul Rahim Anwar’s ajrak fused with hand block prints saris have unusual beauty; while Weaver’s studio create exciting textures with kantha embroidery.
The textile show is about innumerable showstoppers. The cool beauty of linen saris, khadi frabic and saris with exquisite embroidery and block prints, the freshness and ethereal look of muslins, designer Bengal cottons and mulberry silk saris each cast a spell of innovative style and not to be missed, the poetic loveliness of Dwaraka’s kalamkari saris, Himroo’s wide range of beautiful paithanis and blouses galore. Label Zohra’s natural gemstone jewellery is also worth looking at.
The Crafts Council of India (CCI) is a volunteer run, not-for-profit NGO working for the sustainable growth and development of India’s crafts and its craft artisans.
Location: WelcomHotel (formerly Chola Sherton), 10, Cathedral Road
Timings: October 5 and 6, 10 am to 7 pm