Beauty & Fashion

Giving the Ikats and Kalamkari a contemporary twist

We bring to you two designers who are globalizing and popularizing Indian textiles with great innovation and style. They work with traditional weavers and experiment with textiles like kantha, kalamkari and ikat to suit modern day sensibilities

Sonali will be showcasing her collection at Serenity boutiqueSonali will be showcasing her collection at Serenity boutique

Indian is known to be one of the oldest
textile manufacturing countries of the world.  And over the years Indian textile has found a place in the global market, mainly due to its high quality and affordable pricing. There are millions of looms across the country that is engaged in weaving cotton, silk and other natural fibers. There is hardly a village where weavers do not exist, each weaving out the traditional beauty of India’s own precious heritage. We bring to you two designers who are globalizing and popularizing Indian textiles with great innovation and style. They work with traditional weavers and experiment with textiles like cotton and tussar, silk, kantha, kalamkari, ikat and design them to suit modern day sensibilities.

AAKARR symbolizes art and the work is associated with a cause. Neelima Lal started single-handedly by doing her first exhibition in 1998. It was a modest beginning with the exhibition showcasing apparel made out of the traditional fabrics from Andhra Pradesh. The immediate success led to the conceptualization of the label 'AAKARR' – contemporary clothing with the rich blend of traditional textiles and art-forms. It started with the idea of showcasing Andhra Pradesh’s rich heritage of Ikats, hand and block-printed Kalamkaris, Mangalgiri, Gadwals and other art-forms. Since then it has been a conscious effort to bring in other heritage crafts like Khaadi, Kantha, etc. from other parts of India as well.

“We work at the grass-root level with the economically backward weavers, dyers, printers and the lambada tribe to develop exclusive hand-crafted products. The collection that we will be showcasing in Bangalore comprises sarees in matka silk, Manipur silk, geecha, chanderi’s and tangail cottons mixed n matched with interesting blouses, dupattas in silk with Ikat, specially developed tussars with block prints. The fabrics have been developed using different yarns, khadi with cotton viscose, the technique of Ikat in Cotton Viscose and Tussar with slubbed yarns,” Says Neelima.

A graduate in sciences from Osmania University, Neelima honed her skills at  National Institute Of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad by doing a comprehensive program in fashion and clothing, besides doing a training in dyeing and printing from weavers service centre. Neelima has undertaken a lot of projects to share and help the cause of Handlooms in various ways. She has also worked for the Project Package Scheme, Commissioner of Handlooms in developing various clusters by helping them with design and technical inputs.

Neelima will be showcasing her collection at Keya Lifestyle boutique
Date: 17 – 19 March 2011 from 10.30 AM to 7.30 PM
Contact: 080 40914886/ 9886758197

Designer Sonali Adkhikary works with rural women, who are uneducated but have exceptional embroidery skills. The income from their skill helps to sustain their families, with the help of self help groups. She started working with them in 2008 and aims to popularize hand embroidered sarees like the Kanjivaram and Benares sarees.  She works with natural fabrics, which are comfortable to be worn in Indian weather conditions.  

Sonali’s collection includes Naksi Kantha sarees with reverse work, Sarees with Parsi, Katiiawari, Sindhi and herringbone embroidery and these works are done on fabrics like Bangalore Silk, Bishnupur and Gachi Tussars. The collection has rich block print tussars with natural dyes from Chattisgarh, Raipur and Bengal. It also showcases a wide range of cottons and Jute kurtis and salwar sets. Sonali has been felicitated by The Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh for her effort in promoting the rich textile heritage of India.

Sonali will be showcasing her collection at Serenity
Date: 17 – 19 March ,  2011 from 10.30 to 7.00 p.m.
Contact: 080-41279127/ 09448648576


Tags: kantha, aakarr, silk, indian textiles, ikat sarees, traditional weavers, sonali adkhikary, tussar

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