Crafts Council of Telangana opens CCT Areas in Hyderabad with Gaurang Shah’s showcase of jamdani weaves

Crafts Council of Telangana opens a brand new house in Hyderabad to advertise weavers and artisans

The Crafts Council of Telangana (CCT) has a brand new deal with, ‘CCT Areas’ on Street no. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The multifunctional venue homes the CCT workplace, and has ample house for retail, exhibitions, a café and collaborative workshops unfold over 20,000 sq. toes.

The house has been a dream come true, exclaim Usha Rayalu, chairperson, and Meena Appnender, secretary of CCT and CCAP (Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh). In 1992, the council had envisioned a small house of its personal the place weavers and artisans may meet. The necessities modified over time and the council realised the necessity for house that would host and promote weavers and artisans and be a cultural assembly house for anybody keen on handlooms and crafts.

Funds pooled in from the Aakruthi Vastra exhibitions and different particular person donors led to CCT Areas. Hyderabad would possibly now be inundated with life-style exhibitions, however the crafts council of undivided AP was a trendsetter when it introduced collectively just a few weavers to show their collections for an exhibition within the mid 90s.

The atrium of CCT Areas boasts of a craft wall — a vibrant set up of arts and crafts from the nation.

The craft wall at CCT Spaces, Hyderabad

CCT Areas, formally inaugurated with a small real-time viewers and a bigger digital viewers on December 8, is welcoming guests with ‘Interlace’, an exhibition of jamdani weaving methods, showcased by Hyderabad-based textile designer Gaurang Shah and his group of weavers.

Take an in depth have a look at the wonderful Dhakai jamdani saris woven with 300-count muslin, staying true to the unique model of jamdani weaving from Dhaka, Bangladesh. An almost-sheer sari took the weavers three years of labour: “Weaving the jamdani patterns utilizing 300-count yarn takes time, however the result’s one to behold. We work with 10 weavers who specialize in Dhakai jamdani,” explains Gaurang.

A comparatively “simpler” sari the place the jamdani patterns have been woven utilizing 150-count, took the weavers a yr and a half. Among the many saris on show, the “best” ones, informs Gaurang, took the weavers eight to 10 months on a loom.

Interlace takes viewers on a journey, because the Dhakai jamdani method merged with textile traditions in numerous elements of India – jamdani on Kota silks from Rajasthan, cottons from Srikakulam, Venkatagiri and Uppada in Andhra Pradesh, Benarasi, Paithani and Kashmir. Geometric patterns, florals, motifs impressed by Mughal work, blue pottery, Chintz… there’s no dearth of selection: “Our weavers are desperate to take up new challenges and check out any new sample and push their craft,” says Gaurang, including that 70% of the weavers are ladies.

One of many saris on show is the handiwork of a 70-year-old ladies weaver, bearing conventional Maharashtrian patterns the place every bangle encompasses 4 birds.

Then there are the fusions — Paithani and Srikakulam, Kota and Uppada jamdani, and a coming collectively of Paithani, Sambalpuri ikat and Uppada with jamdani.

Aside from Interlace, CCT Areas additionally has a museum-like show of label Gaurang’s handwoven saris that recreate the work of Raja Ravi Varma within the pallu of sari, and a stay demonstration of Jamdani weaving. The Raja Ravi Varma sari assortment is for individuals who missed an earlier exhibition of the particular version saris early this yr, earlier than the pandemic set in.

Interlace is on view until December 13 at CCT Areas. For particulars, examine @craftscounciloft on Instagram.

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