The New Indian Express, January 2016

What Kanjeevaram is to South India, Sambhalpuri ikat silk is to Odisha. The prints, its authentic and elegant designs are hugely popular world over. But Odisha’s traditional textile is beyond ikat. There’s jala, bomkai, siminoi, habaspuri and kotpad that the contemporary fashion world is largely ignorant of, and is on its way to extinction thanks to the lack of awareness.

Over the past eight years, designer Gunjan Jain, through her alternate design studio Vriksh, has taken the lead in exploring Odiya textiles, creating contemporary designs using artistic abilities of traditional handloom weavers and natural materials. She will be showcasing her collection here in Bengaluru.

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