In Focus India dyed in Indigo A way to traverse through the different aspects and features of India is via its handloom and handicrafts. To celebrate and explore the majestic world of Indigo, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, New Delhi organised an exhibition cum sale of Indigo prints, ‘Ethereal Indigo – celebrating Indigo naturally’, from December 6-15, 2011. The exhibition showcased an array of designs and patterns on things ranging from sarees to bedspreads, shawls to handicrafts and much more. The intricately fabricated shawls, stoles and scarves created a spellbinding aura of warmth. The different shades of Indigo prints make them assorted forever. Indigo pottery in the exhibit came from Rajasthan and Khurja. While in Rajasthan the blue gazes used on ‘Multani Mitti’ or Fuller’s Earth in Khurja, which is famous for its pottery in Uttar Pradesh, it was done with relief work. These delicate artefacts were procured from the villages of Sanganer, Bagru and Barmer in Rajasthan and Bhuj and the Rann of Kutch in Gujrat. Besides the pottery, ‘Appliqué’ and ‘Ajrak’ works on display were also secured from varied parts of Gujrat. These meticulously fabricated table linens and bedspreads add to the elegance of the chic decor of your home. The ready to wear dresses and sarees with elaborate designs, paterns and in the case of sarees, intricate borders are fine examples of craftsmanship perfected over centuries. From weaves to wear, these captivating and refined dresses, literally imbibed in the ethereal Indian colours, is also imbued in the Indian essence. The name ‘Indigo’ comes from a Roman term ‘Indicum’ which means ‘a product of India’. In this exhibition that aimed to promote the Indigo-based handicraft and handloom products, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, converged the skill and dedication of many Indian craftsmen, from different corners of the country, to showcase the royal colour of India – Indigo.
AN INDIAN JOURNEY
Published on Jan 23, 2012