Recently we visited:
Event: The Paramparik Karigar Textile Exhibition
Date: Till October 16th, 2010
Venue: Coomaraswamy Hall in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya aka The Prince of Wales Museum at Kala Ghoda.
Why should you attend: The exhibition has a varied range of fabrics from all over India, which made us realise how rich and colourful Indian culture and fashion is.
• The term bandhini derives its name from the Hindi word Bandhan which means tying up.
• Legend has it that the work of bandhej was initiated exclusively by the Muslim Khatri community of Kutchh and then moved on to other part of Gujrat and Rajasthan.
• The bandhini work involves tying and dyeing of pieces of cotton or silk cloth. The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, red, green and black and are all natural.
• Ikat or Bandha originated from Orissa. It is a woven, blurred, and gem-coloured with unique motifs in silk and cotton.
• It is the skilful manipulation of this single stitch that lends an interesting and characteristic dimension to this needlework. The smaller the stitch, the finer the embroidery.
• Phulkari designs are inspired by various day to day items:
Surajmukhi (sunflower) is in brilliant yellow, which creates a stunning effect.
Mirchi, as the name suggests, has chilies in red, orange or green usually on brown.
Belan and parantha symbolise the rolling pin and leavened bread.
Ikka or ace of diamonds has been inspired by playing cards.