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NEERU KUMAR

Traditional techniques, a contemporary sensibility, an innovative use of colour. This is the hallmark of designer Neeru Kumar?s work, acknowledged today as a landmark in the evolution of Indian textiles. For hand woven textiles, Neeru Kumar is unquestionably one of the best and most creative designers in India.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:06 IST
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Traditional techniques, a contemporary sensibility, an innovative use of colour. This is the hallmark of designer Neeru Kumar’s work, acknowledged today as a landmark in the evolution of Indian textiles. For hand woven textiles, Neeru Kumar is unquestionably one of the best and most creative designers in India.

Neeru Kumar is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Two decades of dedicated work in the field of textiles, in developing, exploring, experimenting and innovating from the vast wealth available in India in terms of diverse skills, materials and references led her to evolve her own unique brand of textiles and textile products. While basic handlooms and khadi are transformed by her into chic outfits for working women, her range of textiles and saris in silk and cotton have been specially woven by traditional jamdani and ikat weavers. Fine khadi cotton embellished with kantha work, silk appliqué, various techniques of dyeing and embroidery constitute a stunning collection of appeal to both the purist and the trendy. Her unusual palette of colours, again, draws from the traditional but translates into the contemporary so that the yellow of mustard fields, the colours of the earth, charcoal black, a raging sunset mingle with ease among delicate pinks, cool mint and avocado green. The textile products created by Neeru Kumar possess an extra ordinary quality. The user will appreciate them for their practicality but will choose them above all for their beauty.

First Published: Mar 30, 2006 20:53 IST