Vibrant and traditional
Mrignayanee offers a colourful spread of block print saris and fabrics.
JEWEL TONES: FromMadhya Pradesh. PHOTO: K. V. Srinivasan
Ethereal silken texture, a spectrum of rainbow colours and vibrant hand block prints meet to create textile magic at Mriganayanee's Exhibition of Block Prints titled `Arohi.' Mriganayanee is located at TNSEB Complex, 180, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.
Madhya Pradesh's Maheshwari and Chanderi saris which are both woven in cotton and cotton-silk combination are traditionally known for their typical jewel like woven borders and a soft colour palette eminently suited to Indian summers. However, recently introduced design inputs have created a colour and design vocabulary of bright oranges, greens and yellows, broader zari borders and pallavs.
Soft "sherbeti" shades with diffused block prints, bright `basanti' yellow saris with red `amris', pale blues and pinks celebrating tiny tulips celebrate the magic of hand block prints. The inspiration is mainly Mughal though innovation in border themes and juxtaposition of motifs make for interesting changes. Broader zari borders and the occasional sprinkling of zari butties A range of exquisitely block printed salwar-kurta fabric, yardage and dupattas are also on view. The Kotahs make a pretty splash and the chiffon saris have been imaginatively block printed in soft to bright jewel tones. `Arohi' also offers a fascinating choice of Bagh block printed saris in Maheshwari, Chanderi and silk. These are done in vegetable dyes by master craftsperson and National Awardee Ismail Khatri. The exhibition-cum-sale concludes on July 8.
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