BENGALURU: Works of 50 Indian artisan groups including 10 types of hand-embroidered apparels in handmade cotton are available at Hands Of India exhibition at The Whitefield Club until September 17 from 9.30am to 8.30pm.
Phulkari from Punjab, chikan, patti work and aari from UP, kantha and English embroidery from West Bengal, sujani from Bihar, sozni and kashida from Kashmir and kasuti from Karnataka are part of the collection at the exhibit. Hands of India (HOI) employs about 80 people in its stitching and marketing department based out of Vrindaban, Uttar Pradesh, and retails online through its own website.
The exhibition will host the first green field project in coordination with Sujan Bandopadhay, Barama weaves Mekhala Kurta collection hand-woven by four different women groups and bandhani from Kantha Kurta Collection. These Kantha patches are intricately hand-embroidered by artisans. The plain essential collections features tops and tunics. They can be worn with skirts, culottes, palazzos and pants and come with myriad of designs and colors.
The hand-woven daabka ajrakh kurtas blend handcrafting traditions from Rajasthan and West-Bengal and is the most sought after inimitable collections, according to the organisers. The western wear is from Ikat, Orissa. These fabrics are famous for the yard tied-and-dyed patterns and blend themselves beautifully to a contemporary silhouette. This range would include skirts, tops, reversible jackets and trousers.
The festive range of kurtas feature a wide range of the attire made from chanderi silk.
HOI’s most prized work, hand-woven begampuri, donguria, mangalgiri mirror work and phulia Sarees from West Bengal, starting at `1900 will also be part of the exhibition. Along with this, there will be a range of trousers, palazzos, culottes, skirts made from fine hand printed kalamkari fabric. Western wear tunics, hand embroidered with chikan, sujani, phulkari and english embroidery will also be available along with hand printed jahota skirts from Jaipur, handcrafted by woman artisans.