The ‘Me to We’ edition of the Annual Handmade Collective hosted by NGO A Hundred Hands at Dr Bau Daji Lad Musuem in Byculla brings together artisans groups from different parts of rural India onto one platform, enabling them to collaborate with various other artisans to create unique products.
With a thrust on cross-culture creation and a celebration of art and craft in creative ways, the showcase and exhibition which will be hosted at the museum from January 19 to 22, will feature 50 artisan groups who have created unique art, craft, jewellery, home décor, garments and toys.
Through the ‘Me to We’ initiative, different artisans are brought in touch with others by A Hundred Hands, a non profit organisation that aims to promote handmade products and help artisans earn a sustainable income through their craft.
“Its collaborative nature and the willingness of the craftsperson to share their craft, learning and skills honed over generations with each other is what makes this special,” says Mala Dhawan, co-founder of A Hundred Hands.
Among the unique products is ‘Ajrakh printing on hand-knotted dhurries’ by artisans E Shrinivas from Telangana and Mushtak Khatri from Gujarat. A dhurrie is a woven rug is which is made via the process of hand-knotting and inter-locking. A yarn is dyed and then woven via the hand-knotting and inter-lock technique which is then sent to Gujarat for printing. These Dhurries are printed with the traditional Ajrak print done in Gujarat.
Speaking about the process Shrinivas said, “It is a lot of innovation that goes into making one dhurrie. Each product takes at least two months of hard work. We had never thought that ajrak print would look so beautiful on our dhurries.”
‘Tribal embroidery on handloom mircodyed saree’ is another piece that is a result of collaboration between Porgai, a livelihood group reviving tribal embroidery from Tamil Nadu, and a group from Karnataka called Desi.
Handloom mircodyed fabrics were used to make ready made garments with embellished tribal embroidery done by Porgai.
On the other hand, Desi also made a few men’s garments on which tribal embroidery was done. Speaking about the process, Dr. Lalita Rege of Porgai said, “To make one garment, it takes at least five days. The Lambadi women do the traditional tribal embroidery on the garments.”
50 artisans join hands to weave a story
DNA January 2017
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