A weave in time

The Crafts Coun­cil of In­dia brings tex­tile de­signer Meera Me­hta’s hand-crafted saris to Chen­nai

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - :: Chi­tradeepa Anan­tharam

The Crafts Coun­cil of In­dia (CCI), which works on cre­at­ing aware­ness among the public about tex­tiles and crafts of In­dia, is pre­sent­ing weaver and tex­tile de­signer, Meera Me­hta’s con­tem­po­rary and stylised cre­ations in the city.

Me­hta, a Mum­bai-based de­signer has worked ex­ten­sively with block print­ing and weav­ing. A grad­u­ate from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of De­sign, she had her first show in New York in 1980. One of In­dia’s most cel­e­brated de­sign­ers, Me­hta will be shar­ing her tex­tile re­vival ex­pe­ri­ences.

Radha Parthasarathy, the vice-pres­i­dent of the CCI, says that both Me­hta’s work with Maheshwari, Ikkat and Paithani saris has won her many Na­tional awards in In­dia.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Bri­tish Air­ways se­lected one of her Paithani sa­ree de­signs to be part of its 1997 ‘The World is a Fam­ily’ ini­tia­tive, where the air­line fea­tured tra­di­tional tex­tile de­signs from across the world on the tails of their planes.

“Meera has done ex­ten­sive re­search on Ikkat and trav­elled to In­done­sia and its neigh­bour­ing coun­tries to de­velop her own unique Ikkat style. She has been as­so­ci­ated with Paithani for over three decades and played a role in re­viv­ing it as well. She has also evolved her own style of weav­ing,” says Parthasarathy.

Metha be­lieves that it is im­por­tant to pre­serve tra­di­tions. “It is be­cause of these that we are known not only in In­dia but all over the world. We have so many types of tex­tiles and crafts that speak of our cul­tural her­itage and what we are,” she says.

Parthasarathy says that Me­hta’s cre­ations are stylised and so­phis­ti­cated. She adds that her use of colour and tech­nique is sub­tle, where dif­fer­ent colours are in­ter­wo­ven with gold threads to cre­ate an ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fect on her saris.

(The three-day ex­hi­bi­tion and sale is on at Ka­mala, the CCI Craft­shop, Eg­more, on De­cem­ber 18, 19 and 20, from 10.30 am to 7 pm. Call 8754471980 for more de­tails.)

TEX­TILE TRA­DI­TION A Talk by Meera Me­hta is on De­cem­ber 18, at 11 am at Ka­mala, the CCI craft shop. She will delve into her tex­tile re­vival ex­pe­ri­ences of the past three decades.

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