Colours to dye for

Published: Dec 08, 2011, 09:47 IST | The Guide Team |

Rangreza is a three-day exhibition cum demonstration at Either Or which will showcase eco-friendly artefacts and garments

Rangreza is a three-day exhibition cum demonstration at Either Or which will showcase eco-friendly artefacts and garments

Come celebrate this festive season with Either Or and Avani (a community-based organisation) as they join hands for an exhibition. Titled Rangreza, the event will let the city experience the beauty of natural dyes, handspun fabrics and natural colours through an exhibition-cum-demonstration. Join them in this journey which will familiarise you with eco-friendly wool and silk textiles, wool-stuffed toys, play kits, organic paints and demonstrations while giving you lessons on sustainability.

A woman works on the solar-powered spinning wheel

Going natural
Avani is a community-based organisation that has been working in the Kumaon region of central Himalayas in India for the past 14 years. Their main purpose has been to give rural youth a choice of local employment. That ensures that they get to live in their homesteads rather than migrating to the plains for meager incomes. 
Avani has facilitated the setting up of two self-reliant rural enterprises -- handmade naturally dyed silk and woolen textiles and manufacture of solar equipment (lanterns, water heaters, driers, etc). 

What to expect
The line-up of events at Either Or includes a sale of woolen and silk garments, stoles, shawls, mufflers, toys, play kits, yarns and organic poster paints. On December 10 and 11, between 11 am to 5.30 pm, children will get to paint with organic paints, learn spinning as well as how to naturally dye fabric. The price for the 
session is Rs 100 per child. 

On December 10 and 11, from  4.30 pm onwards, there will be a talk  and presentation on sericulture for young minds and interested adults. Entry is free for the event. There will also be a display of art works on canvas and paper by Falguni Gokhale, Ketaki Pimpalkhare, Bharati Pitre, Rohit Tickoo, Aditi Deo, Punchi Mahtani, Santanu Borah, Manali Mitra and Hema Bhardwaj.

From December 9 to 11, 11 am to 7 pm
At Either Or, Sohrab Hall, opposite Jehangir Hospital, Sassoon Road.

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