Journey of Maheshwari Cotton Silk

Along the river Narmada, lies Maheshwar, (two hours south of the capital of Madhya Pradesh) a princely town that thrives on it’s handloom industry. Ahilya Bai Holkar could be called the mother of Maheshwari sarees. During her reign of 30 years in the late 1700s in Maheshwar, she encouraged weaving of cotton silk sarees that had simple patterned zari borders and two pallus.

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Innovation and Design at Bagru Textiles

In 2009, Union College in New York offered me a 21 day term abroad to India, when I visited Bagru with an anthropologist. Artisans gave us a tour of printing in Namdev Krishan Farm. I was amazed to see these handmade textiles that were selling for 100s and 1000s of dollars being made by people who did not even have appropriate living conditions. I thought I wanted to build a network and create a digital presence for this community to cut middlemen and open doors for them to a market that would be of fair trade

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Nakshi Kantha with Mahamaya

“Illustrations makes for a Naksha on Kantha which is the stitched layered fabric” explains Mahamaya. Kantha stitch is typically a long running stitch however there is innovation now and Herringbone, Satin and Button stitches are being used. Browsing through her pile I came across one that her grandmother had made, a 70 year old piece with natural colours.

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French Connection, Visiting Brigitte Singh

So when I first came to India, I came to study miniature painting which was a scholarship by the Indian and French government. I was sensitive to things around me and because I come from a family of women who love their textiles, I was immediately drawn towards them. India is a bottomless treasure of textiles, I thought india was inspiring for any creative person. It was all very exciting.

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Biome Sustainable Textiles

It all came together as I was looking out of the window of my life for something that would liberate me from my financial dependence on my family and the materialistic quality of life. To have the freedom to invest my time and energy in things that call out to me to explore and I did not know how to explain this to my family as these were intangible mostly.

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Behind the Mother Goddess

Themed around Devi, Mata Ni Pachedi is a 800 year old art form that the Chitara community is preserving in Gujarat. Also known as Kalamkari from Gujarat, the artform tells stories of Hindu Mythology and Indian folklore depicting scenes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. As Kirit Bhai, a 9th generation artist holds a bamboo stick dipped in allum and mador ( natural colour to achieve deep red), he proudly draws a devi

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