As part of our Continuing Textile Traditions series, Weave A Real Peace's October Zoom Panel will feature the founders of three organizations who promote textile artisans in India. Each of these organizations works to preserve traditional textile techniques of India while creating contemporary apparel designs.
Arushi Chowdhury Khanna founded LoomKatha, which is a play on the Hindi word "Lok Katha" meaning "Folk Tale" - a story of the people, by the people and for the people of India. LoomKatha travels to remote parts of the country to discover the finest and rarest handloomed textiles, directly from the weavers, and create contemporary apparel. They presently work with close to 100 weavers in W. Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. LoomKatha have also been instrumental in reviving the rare Himroo weave of Aurangabad.
Mannat and Preeti Sidhu founded Fusion Phulkari, which aims to promote Phulkari (the folk embroidery of Punjab) among the youth and a non-Punjabi audience while empowering the women who work behind-the-scenes in making of the Phulkari. Preeti is a fashion textile enthusiast who took the initiative to preserve Phulkari which had become redundant and lost its elegance. For the last 10 years, she has worked with several women from villages across Punjab, providing them employment opportunities and a chance of expression. Her daughter Mannat grew up amongst Phulkari and recently teamed up with her mother to document and preserve Phulkari to bring it to the younger generation.
Smita Paul, a former journalist, created Indigo Handloom to form a bridge from the rural weaving villages of West Bengal to the fashion world of the U.S. For 18 years, Indigo Handloom has supported hundreds of weavers and their families. Indigo Handloom practices traditional handweaving techniques using natural fibers - married with modern design.
The panel will be moderated by WARP member Judi Jetson, a weaver and a leader in the well-researched promotion of craft, particularly textiles. There will be ample opportunity for questions from those attending this free online event. Please complete the registration form to join us on Saturday October 16th, from 1:00-2:00 pm, US Eastern Daylight Time.