A weave in time
The Crafts Council of India brings textile designer Meera Mehta’s hand-crafted saris to Chennai
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.