Alka Raghuvanshi brings art to your dresses

  • Aakriti Sawhney, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 10, 2013 01:15 IST

Wearable art may have been around for some time but it is only now that more and more people from the world of art and fashion are experimenting with this concept.

Artist and curator Alka Raghuvanshi recently opened a show titled Ehsaas that saw people from the world of art and culture walking the ramp and displaying a range of wearable items such as, saris, handbags, ties and neck pieces with artworks replicated on them.

Working on the same concept, starting tomorrow, Raghuvanshi is opening another show titled Treyi — an exhibition of handblock saris. The show has over 40 Kanjeevaram block printed silk saris on display. The idea of block printing struck Raghuvanshi when she saw a beautiful top table piece at a Jaipur Hotel. She went to Sanganer (known for block printing textiles) to work on the concept but returned disappointed since the artisans there had shifted to screen printing.

She finally found such artisans on the outskirts of Delhi and started working with them. “I first replicate the colour of the sari on a piece of paper and decide what colours would go with it. Then I create the design for the block,” Raghuvanshi explains. “Once the blocks are ready, they are handprinted on the sari. The procedure is time consuming,” she adds. The saris are later dried and steamed and the end result is beautiful Kanjeevaram saris. 

“Each piece is created  using pigment colours and that’s a unique concept,” says Raghuvanshi.  

Catch it here
What: Treyi — exhibition of handblock saris
Where: Stupa 18, K-65, Sector 18, Noida
On till: February 11
Timings: 11am to 7pm
NEAREST METRO STATION: Sector 18 on the Blue Line

 

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