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Back to Bagh prints

Mrignayanee's vegetable dye exhibition showcases saris and yardage in traditional Bagh prints of Madhya Pradesh revived by Ismail Suleman Khatri. The exhibition is on till February 20.


MRIGNAYANEE'S VEGETABLE dye exhibition is unique. Every hand block printed sari, fabric and textile item on display has been exclusively crafted by mastercraftsman and National Award winner Ismail Sulemanji khatri.

He was responsible for resuscitating the famous Bagh block prints of Gwalior.

His genius for innovation in presenting and formatting traditional motifs, his impeccable and truly sophisticated design sense and his use of new vibrant palettes of vegetable dyes have made Bagh prints synonymous with the best in India's block printing traditions.

This is all too evident in the block printed saris, yardage and table and bed linen on display at the exhibition.

Traditional `amris', floral and vine motifs, geometrical patterns and tiny florets and buds on georgette, crepe, silk, cotton and tussar saris spell Ismail's brilliant craft language.

The silk and tussar saris are particularly stunning with deceptively simple but delicately nuanced motifs offset by dramatic `pallus' featuring collages of huge paisleys, arabesques, etc.

Khatri's passion for perfection makes the hand print as flawless as a machine made exercise and the intricate delicacy of both motif and craft has to be experienced to be believed! Particularly eye catching is the understated elegance of finest silk saris in deep mauves, blues and greens covered with muted double hand block printing in black, featuring mini `amris', stylised floral motifs and so on. Equally compelling are the block printed georgettes and crepes with intricately woven zari borders.

The exhibition has exclusive hand-block printed cotton saris and yardage in colours ranging from Bagh's traditional red and black to mustard yellow, soft pinks and mauves, mehndi green and blue and soft, sophisticated greys.

All colours are derived from flower, leaf and bark.

The pretty zari bordered Chanderis with Bagh prints make chic fashion statements and Suleman Khatri's inspired imprint gives the dignified Maheshwari saris a touch of designer class.

A range of table cloths with matching napkins, cushion covers and bed spreads in the typical Bagh colours of red and black also form part of the exhibition which is on till February 20 at Mrignayanee, IA, TNHB complex, 180 Luz Church Road, Mylapore.

PUSHPA CHARI

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