Reinventing the handloom

From fine food, jewellery, and fashion lines to handloom innovations inspired by India’s weaving traditions, the guide picks two exhibitions across Mumbai that celebrate new enterprising projects from across the country, starting today

This week, head to Artisans’ to catch two unique exhibitions, each curated to create an awareness about handloom innovations all over the country, and the need to protect indigenous methods.

The first show, which ends today, features handloom works and innovations from Maheshwar and its surrounding villages. The exhibition will showcase collections created by pairing the scarves and stoles from the social enterprise WomenWeave with stylish bespoke garment brand Kishmish, to give the wearer a complete look.

Weavers at work
Weavers at work

The second exhibition titled Bhujodi to Bagalkot: Ilkal Innovations, is a result of an innovative project by Somaiya Kala Vidya, an institute of education for artisans based in Kutch, Gujarat. It will run for three days starting from October 8.

The collection is a result of an experiment wherein designer weavers from Bhujodi, designed and mentored weavers from Bagalkot District of Karnataka. The result is an all new artisan designed natural fibre saris, dupattas, shawls and stoles — handwoven by seven Bagalkot and Bhujodi weavers.

All the designs on display at the exhibition are also available for sale.

Till: October 11, 11 am to 7 pm
At: Artisans’, 52-56, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Rhythm House Lane, Kala Ghoda.
Call: 9820145397

Fashionistas take to entrepreneurship
Celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship among women, Project Seven, which was started last year, is back for a second edition featuring a mix of fine fashion, food, lifestyle, and jewellery ideas and ventures, all started by women entrepreneurs from all over the country.

So, on offer are new fashion enterprises like a special concept store titled Interpret by fashionista Sabina Chopra, which aims to help take the fear out of fashion. Don’t miss fashion collections from some names on the Page 3 circuit including Sveltalana Casper, Natasha Kapoor, Trupsel, Priti Mehta, Nita Shah, Roliana Benares, Pre Ri, Neeta Parekh and Zeba Kohli, who is also the founder and host of the event.

Kohli, who will also be showcasing works from her new luxurious jewellery line Madhu S, which she started with Sabina Singh, says that says the event aims to celebrate experimentation and creativity of some of the most stylish women in the country. Also part of the show will be fashion accessories by Stoffa, Crimzon, Kokkmo, Veruschka Shoes among others.

Besides fashion and lifestyle enterprises, Project Seven will also feature Eat Street, a food alley featuring food entrepreneurs such as Mystique, Delectables by Janki, Confetti by Priyal Kothari and Open Table.

Till: October 8, 11 am to 7 pm
At: Sunville Banquets, Dr AB Road, Worli.

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