Knot to Miss

Weaves such as bandha,ikat,and fabrics such as tussar silk have been representing the region of Orissa in the fashion industry (both international and Indian) for a while now but only through the work of some designers.

Written by Prajakta Hebbar | Published: October 7, 2012 2:25 am

Weaves such as bandha,ikat,and fabrics such as tussar silk have been representing the region of Orissa in the fashion industry (both international and Indian) for a while now but only through the work of some designers. But it is for the first time,that Government of Orissa,along with five acclaimed designers Rakesh Thakore,Anjali Kalia,Bibhu Mohapatra,Rajesh Pratap Singh and Sabyasachi Mukherjee in a project coordinated by textile expert Rita Kapur Chishti,has developed a collection of saris,scarves and fabrics. Not only that,it has put it all up at a stall at WIFW’s Spring-Summer 2013 editon for the “Design Reference Collection of Orissa Handloom” project. “I have been working with the weavers in Orissa since almost a decade. There is still so much more to do,” says Chishti,who was spotted dressed in a red,white and black cotton Ikat handwoven sari with her hair tied up as usual in an interesting knot. She adds that along with the designers,she is looking at addressing the problems faced in the handloom industry in Orissa. She also feels that with the growing impact of imported and factory-made fabrics,along with changing Indian taste in fashion,the handloom weavers in India are facing an uncertain future. Usha Padhee,commissioner with the handlooms,textiles and handicrafts department,Government of Orissa,agrees,“It was time to revamp the age-old traditions and present them in a new manner. That is why we invited some of the nationally and internationally acclaimed designers to come on board for this project. The Orissa stall showcases the collections of the five designers at WIFW till October 10. A stunning and memorable selection of woven drapes–some being interpretations of saris that are no longer made or sold–are on simultaenous display at the Crafts Museum,Pragati Maidan till October 30.

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