“This time, we have invited 30 craftsmen, who have never showcased their work with us before. Some of the craft is also completely new. We attempt to give more people a chance to display their work in Mumbai,” says Anu Choudhary-Sorabjee of Paramparik Karigar, an association of craftsmen.
“Paramparik Karigar was founded to preserve and promote traditional Indian art and textiles. So, the aim is to bring these people from remote villages across India to the city, to highlight their work. They don’t get an opportunity to exhibit here on their own steam. Naturally, it’s a great chance to get in touch with the buyer in the city, and sell their work,” she adds. The four-day exhibition will feature 15 craftsmen who will showcase textile collections while the remaining 15 will bring their varied arts and crafts products to the fore.
The art and crafts part of the exhibition will exhibit artworks of different forms including wood-carving from Haryana, carpets and Kashmir embroidery from Jammu & Kashmir, Madhubani art work from Bihar, leather footwear and Jaipur blue pottery from Jaipur, Kawad and miniature paintings from Rajasthan, crystal jewellery from New Delhi, mat-weaving from West Bengal, Cherial Scroll painting and leather puppets from Andhra Pradesh, silver and stone jewellery from Kutch and bronze work from Maharashtra.
The textile arm of the exhibition will include cutwork linen and Kota from Rajasthan, Vidharbha Tussar from Nagpur, Sanganer from Jaipur, Jamdani from Manipur, Chanderi and Maheshwari from Madhya Pradesh, Batik from Kutch, Kantha from Nadia, Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Ikkat from Orissa and Tussar from Chhattisgarh among other