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For centuries, patola, a double-ikat silk textile from peninsular India, has been traded to Indochina, Indonesia and perhaps even to East Asia. The glory of patola lies in the fact that no other fabric demands such painstaking planning for the design, the skill required to tie the warp and weft yarns, the dying of the colours and the time-consuming weaving for its complex motifs. The resulting fabric is unparalleled in its perfection. “The elements of the pattern in both yarn systems align with each other to produce the motifs in full sharpness (and not in half-tone as is often the case with the ikats of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh).” Today, only a handful of weavers remain who practice this style.
In this session, textile revivalist Bela Shanghvi, in conversation with Chandra Jain and Yashodhara Shroff, will speak about the significance of the Patola of Patan, and the efforts to sustain one of India’s most complex weaving traditions.
Bela Sanghvi has been working on reviving antique handloom, handicrafts & khadi techniques since last 41 years. Her interventions are in the field of business re-engineering including design, ergonomics, technology & expressions. She is currently writing a book on Indian handloom textiles.
Chandra is deeply involved in arts and crafts, and has worked with the craftspeople of India for over three decades. Her special interest is in the handloom traditions of India. She is engaged in revival of the traditional Banaras handwoven brocades, on which she has spoken at many forums.
She founded and runs an NGO called Kadambari, which works in promoting the Crafts and the Performing and Fine arts. Chandra is the Vice-Chairperson of the Crafts Council of Karnataka. She has trained in several art forms.
Yashodhara Shroff is the Founder and Managing Director of ffolio (Instagram: ffolio) – the first destination for fashion in South India, which has showcased collections from India’s fashion pioneers for the last 30 years. She has completed her BSc in Economics from Calcutta University and studied further at the Art Institute of Chicago and at Northwestern University, USA. Yashodhara has been the past Chairperson of the Bangalore chapter of FICCI FLO.