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A chintz trip...


ONE DOES not need an excuse to visit Delhi's Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a storehouse of emblematic Indian handloom and handicrafts produce. But, still if that is required, a reason to call can be a special exhibition of chintz being organised at the emporium till this coming Saturday.

Titled `Magical Flow in Chintz of 17th to 18th Centuries', it is showing off age-old patterns reproduced on fine linen, tablemats, cushion and other home items. Elaborating on the exhibition, the emporium's Managing Director Durgesh Shankar says, "Chintz was a Hindi word and has now been fully absorbed in English language. It represents a range of Indian design motifs around the world, adjusting to vastly different requirements of clients". He says, it is a unique Indian design input, which has conquered the world.

Though chintz nowadays is used to describe any cotton or linen furnishing fabric of floral patterns, stained with fast colours, in the earlier days, even painted wall hangings, bed curtains, quilts and coverlets were all labelled as chintz. Being exported abroad, mainly to European nations, it used to be a rage during the 17th and 18th centuries for their dazzling quality, their brilliant colours, light textures, luxuriant floral imagery and most importantly, for elegance and durability.

So, if one wishes to have a look at an aspect of yore of the rich Indian textile industry, then, Cottage Emporium is the place to be.

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