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Two-day natural dyeing workshops at Aranya Natural, Munnar

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
The first two days of "The sustainability of natural dyes" conference took place at Eastend hotel in Munnar, followed by two days of natural dyeing workshops (at an extra cost) at Aranya Natural's HQ. Due to limited numbers, all the spaces for the workshops filled up quickly, but many conference attendees requested [...]

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Aranya Natural & Athulya at Srishti Welfare Centre in Munnar

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Before visiting Munnar, I was not aware of the health issues related to tea plantation workers in India. Often foreign media would focus on the working conditions of garment factory workers, yet the problems related to tea plantation workers (primarily female) are largely ignored. Although they are not stuck inside cramped factories [...]

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Aranya Natural's "The sustainability of natural dyes" conference in Munnar

Posted on April 18, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
The purpose of my trip to India in February was to attend a natural dyeing conference. And it took place before COVID-19 changed our lives. Aranya Natural is a natural dyeing organisation under Srishti Trust in Munnar, supported by TATA Global Beverages Limited, which runs programs for the education training and rehabilitation [...]

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Festival of Natural Fibres & Saori weaving at Craft Central

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I live in London, I don't often venture away from my neighbourhood or the centre, and I had no idea where the Isle of Dogs is until I looked it up on google. I have not been to the Craft Central's new venue since they moved across town more [...]

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The Arvind Indigo Museum in Ahmedabad, India

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
If you visit Gujarat, you are likely to pass through/visit Ahmedabad – the largest city and former capital of Gujarat. The Old city of Ahmedabad was the first in India to be declared as UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017. The historic city is also known for its textiles industry and it [...]

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Kutch art: Kalamkari & Warli painting

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Besides embroidery and Ajrakh, there is a lesser known ancient art form called Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen-worked'. The 23-step process is either hand-painted or block-printed onto a piece of cloth, and only natural dyes are used. The name Kalamkari is derived from the Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
The two [...]

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Kutch textiles: Tangalia & Patola weaving

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After days of visiting numerous textiles artisans from different tribal communities in Kutch, I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am no expert on Indian textiles, and after arriving in Kutch, I was surprised by the variety of textiles traditions being practised in just one region. From embroidery to weaving, blockprinting and natural [...]

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The scene behind India's cotton production

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

India is the world's largest producer of cotton (it surpassed China recently), while Gujarat is the largest cotton producing state in India with a production of 125 Lakh Bales. Cotton is considered not only the most important fibre crop in India but the entire world.

Cotton is the most popular cellulose fibre in [...]

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Nirona village: Rogan art, copper bell & lacquer craft

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Kutch is a fascinating place; besides textiles, there are various other arts and crafts being practised in the region. Located around 35 km north of Bhuj, Nirona village is a small village famous for Rogan art, a rare traditional art form originated from Persia/Sindh, which almost disappeared until efforts to revive it in [...]

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Shaam E Sarhad village resort & Hodka village visit

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Unexpectedly, on the edge of the desert region lies a wonderful eco-friendly and rustic village resort owned and run by the Village Tourism Committee of Hodka village. The village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh (now Pakistan) who were cattle herders and eventually settled in [...]

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