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Traditional royal silk art displayed in Mumbai
Aug '11
A two-day Trunk Show displaying the royal affluence and eternity of traditional art and crafts of India was organized at the Taj Mahal Hotel and Palace's retail outlet in Mumbai.

Among the items on display were saris and dupattas diligently hand-crafted, while drawing inspiration from the Mughal and Rajput era's popular styles and motifs coveted by the royals at that times, also mirrored the diversity of Indian culture and heritage.

The intention behind the expo was to earn orders for the exclusive hand-crafted fabrics, made by the craftsmen, several of whom are struggling to earn livelihood in the country.

The Taj Group has promised the handloom weavers in some villages near Varanasi to help them earn livelihood. As such the Group has engaged the weavers whose merchandises are being sold at Taj properties all through the country.

Three designs that the 16th and 17th century royals longed, for their intricacy and exclusiveness, were also on display at the show.

These included shikargha or hunting motif which drew inspiration from royal pursuits. The other design was jhangla work silk saris. It almost takes three months for a weaver to weave this sari and only a master artisan can undertake the job.

The third design was the kinkhaab silk sari which exemplifies love for eternity and incorporates intricate zari work.

In their effort to revive and boost the arts that are nearing extinction, the Taj Group engages weavers, craftsmen and artists of traditional art from all over the country and presents their exclusive traditional Indian art and crafts to its international clients.

The products are bought from textile experts in the country with their skills rooted in tradition, but modified into modernized forms that still reflect exclusivity.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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