Fabric of tradition
Woven statement: Batik printed and embroidered fabrics from Weavers Studio, Kolkata
IT'S TIME for Chennai-ites to go on a spending spree, what with a string of festivals lined up till year end. It's also the season for exhibitions that offer a wide variety - ranging from food to fashion.
Weavers Studio of Kolkata is back in the city with an amazing collection of fabrics and made-ups, which will be showcased in an exhibition-cum-sale today and tomorrow, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., at Ambience, 37, Bheemana Garden Road, Abhiramapuram.
The studio brings out the richness of traditional textiles and weaves, be it through fabrics or handcrafted ready-to-wear garments. It specialises in the application of natural dyes, mud resist, block printing, potato starch resist, wax batik, acid and discharge printing techniques and various resist (tie and dye) techniques of India (bandhini and leheria), Japan (shibori), Africa (adire) and Indonesia (tritik). Having added colour to craft, the studio offers diverse options in terms of surface embellishments from kantha, applique, tribal embroidery to kalamkari.
Three production units employ close to 100 craftspersons to produce the yardage and many more are employed to provide the various forms of embellishments. Besides participating in international fairs, Weavers Studio regularly holds exhibitions in major galleries of various metros. Continuous research into traditional dyeing techniques apart, the studio is a resource centre boasting a well stocked library of books on textiles, sample swatches and representative textiles from all over the world. Students from various design and fashion schools make use of the facilities here by way of research, in-house training and internship. For details contact Weavers Studio at 5/1, Anil Moitra Road, Ballygunge Place, Kolkata 700 019, ph: 91 33 2440 8926.
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