Livemint, Sep 2014

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Gunjan Jain of Vriksh has been working with artisans from Bomkai and Dhalapathar in Odisha. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint.

This play on revival on the one hand and experimentation on the other is a running thread through other collections in this exhibition as well. Like that of textile designer Gunjan Jain of Vriksh in Odisha, who has been working with the “three surviving Bomkai weavers” as well as artisans from Dhalapathar to revive traditional styles and motifs, and recast them for an urban, contemporary buyer. Her Dhalapathar “Kusumi” sari range in this exhibition, for example, bears the traditional motifs of fish, tortoise, peacocks and flowers, but is made in colours like lime green, fuchsia and rani pink, and on what she calls a “new textile for Odisha”—Tussar silk with single cotton blend, which renders the sari almost translucent. Jain’s other experiments on show include reversible woven saris, and Navagunjar tapestry motif saris.

Excerpted from Sari revivalists, as published on Livemint on September 4, 2014. Read the full piece here.

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