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Natural weaves

Rehwa presents its new Fort Collection at Contemporary Arts and Crafts from March 18-20


MENTION MAHESHWARI saris and the name Rehwa immediately comes to mind. For, this non-profit society started by the members of the royal family of Holkar has been involved in the revival of this age-old weaving tradition, and thanks to it, many a weaver is able to live comfortably.

Rehwa presents its new collection, The Fort Collection at Contemporary arts and Crafts (6-3-883/1, Punjagutta. Tel: 23402803, 23403607) from today till March 20 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). The weaves, prints and natural colours are inspired by Ahilya's fort, Maheshwar's famous landmark on the banks of the Narmada.

The fort's wall in stone and brick, browns, greys, is punctuated by ink black windows. And the changing colours of the river in different seasons with people lining the ghats for bathing and washing itself is picture enough of various hues - sources of ideas for the weavers. This collection is all hand-woven.

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