Heritage woven into organic handlooms

Ikkat is always in the air with Madhu Jain. Vehemently against artificial fabric of any kind, the designer, craft revivalist and textile conservationist has been rallying for the cause for over 20 years. Her passion for handwoven textiles predates her first formal collection, which was a blend of two weaves— the Baluchari from West Bengal and the Kalakshetra weave from Tamil Nadu. Through her work, she aims to bring handloom to the masses and strengthen the entire sector.

“My heart lies with ‘swadeshi’, and this is what I have actively promoted over the last 30 years. I never source textiles from the market,” she informs. “Rather, I work closely with master weavers in developing one-of-a-kind textiles, which are almost always a blend of two different weaving sensibilities that I marry together as a composite whole.”

Heritage.jpgMadhu has worked with several government and NGOs in development and design of indigenous textiles and crafts....................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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