Venue: DLF Place, Saket
Date: 22 July to 15 August 2017
Indians have been weaving forever. In fact, Indian weaves have been feted throughout the world and has been traded internationally since ages. Our muslins, jamdanis and silks have been sought after way before designer wear came in vogue. Over time, somewhere in this process powerloom products and cheap imitations from China have captured the market. Consequently our weavers are facing major economic woes. The government through Ministry of Textiles and Khadi movement have been trying to boost the handloom sector and alleviate the hardship of the weavers. The private sector has also lived up to the situation.
DLF Place Mall, Saket is holding an exhibition Weaves of India at their foyer. The mall has been decorated with colourful pendants and tassles made of woven textiles. A host of stalls showcasing weaves from various states of India have been set up here. Among the handloom items, we could identify Phulkari from Punjab, Kantha from West Bengal and Muga from Assam. Given the onset of festival season, this area is pulling a lot of customers who are indulding in some festival shopping and stocking up on their ethnic wear. In addition to handloom, traditional leather ware from Rajasthan is also being sold here. A sarangi player is strumming away at a corner and entertaining the shoppers. It’s a bright and happy mood and the photos are a glimpse.
Weaves of India is a worthy tribute to India’s 70th Independence Day we say.