LOOMS WEAVES AND MORE : A blend of tradition and elegance

Kolkata, 19thAugust, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): Looms Weaves and More, an exclusive exhibition of natural fibers and jewellery, curated by team Aesthetique (Maitreyee Pathak, Sanchita Ghosh, Tina Roy),was back with its second edition at the Kolkata Ice Skating Rink showcasing the finest of fabrics, textiles, arts and crafts of India ranging from sarees, pret wear, artifacts, home linen, jute diversified products and other accessories. The three day exhibition of Indian weaves and crafts from 19th to 21st August 2014 was a happy reminder to the preparations for the upcoming festive season in Kolkata that is gearing up for its biggest celebration- the Durga Puja.

The exhibition, aimed to provide a market for the handloom and handicraft industry to support the livelihood of weavers and artisans spread across the country. With about fifty stalls, the exhibition also hosted well known designers who work closely with weavers in a world which is increasingly inclined to mechanization and synthetic products.

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                                     Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul.

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

An array of Indian weaves and prints ranging from Kalamkari, Kalakshetra cotton, Ikkat, Kanjeevarams from the south to Maheshwari, Chanderi, Banarasi weaves and Chikankari from Kutchi, handwork, Bhandhni, Kota, Indigo dyed prints from the west to Applique, Phulkari hand embroidery from the north, Kantha, Phulia cottons of the east and hand woven textiles of north east was seen at the exhibition.

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

Participants like, Katna Kantha by Shabnam Ramaswamy from Bengal, Ethicus from Tamil Nadu, Rabbit out of the Hat, silver jeweler from Bangalore Needlework Foundation from Bangalore, Khoj from Indore, Samprada from Delhi, Ochre Sky from delhi, Kalakshetrafrom amil Nadu, Purkal Stree Shakti from Uttarakhand, Women Weave from Maheshwar, Kumbaya from Madhya Pradesh, Srijani from Bihar, Karghaa, Sridevi Handlooms from Andhra, SandurKushal Kala Kendra from Karnataka SambalpuriBastralaya from Odisha., RituAgnihotri from Kolkata, Designers Rema Kumar, Kavita Sanghvi along with brands like Svang, Kamaniya from Kolkata were also part of the show.

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

 Looms Weaves and More, fashion designer Agnimitra Paul

Speaking at the Occasion, Aesthetique believed “with an overwhelming response in our first edition, the aim to organize this exhibition again is to infuse and nurture the interest in consumers on the cultural ethos and rich heritage of India by preserving, promoting, purchasing and facilitating trade opportunities of handloom, organic products and Indian crafts.”

Reputed fashion designer Agnimitra Paul said, “I am glad and appreciate the fact that a team like Aesthetique has come forward to support and promote the weavers across India with this exhibition, in a way reminding people of the available aesthetic natural fabrics over highly consumed synthetic stuff”