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Yards of tradition

Feast your eyes on the Kandangi silk saris and palm leaf products from Chettinadu at an exhibition opening tomorrow at Amethyst

REALISING THE need to preserve our regional craft heritage, the M Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organisation, has been working for the revival of the languishing crafts of Chettinadu. Set up in the year 2000, the foundation facilitates interaction of design and architecture students with local craft communities and holds periodic workshops to develop design, technical and marketing skills.

Says Visalakshi Ramaswamy of the foundation: "We have documented and revived crafts such as palm leaf basketry, traditional weaves and formats in saris and the process of making Athangudi tiles and promoted them at various sales. The idea is to train traditional craftspersons to adapt themselves to change and become economically independent. They are exposed to design innovations so that the products can be created to suit contemporary life."

An exhibition-cum-sale showcasing the foundation's work in the past two years opens tomorrow at Amethyst, Sunder Mahal. One will get to see the popular Kandangi Chettinadu silk saris and pretty palm leaf products. The baskets, which come in bright orange, green, red, yellow and pink, are ideal for packaging gifts and sweets during the festive season. Palm leaf purses, bangle cases and other artefacts add to the colourful display.

The `revived' Chettinadu saris with typical borders in a range of colours are a major attraction at the exhibition. Dupattas in typical Chettinadu weaves make an ethnic statement.

Sketches by artist Sriram create a Chettinadu ambience. Also copies of the documentation done on the crafts, art and architecture of the region will be on display.

The exhibition concludes on September 20.

PUSHPA CHARI

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