To dye for

Kolkata pays tribute to the hues of nature

To dye for
SUtra, a non-profit organisation that works towards promotion and preservation of India’s textile heritage, is organising two exhibitions, In Fashion and Grand Bazar in Kolkata to showcase fashionable garments spun out of India’s hand crafted textiles and natural dyes.

Young designers trained mostly at NID, Ahmedabad, and NIFT are being showcased in Grand Bazar and In Fashion, which are part of a 10-day exposition on India’s textile heritage with particular focus on natural dye. The Colours of Nature, is on till February 24.

“India’s natural dye tradition has spanned several thousands of years and our dye masters had perfected the art of using colourfast dyes. They were using mordants (substances that fix dyes on to cloth). The tradition was handed down over generations without documentation but tragedy struck in the 20th century with the advent of synthetic dyes. The collective knowledge was wiped out. Synthetic dyes being poisonous and is toxic to the environment, it is therefore vital to revive the tradition of natural dyes with help of specialists from India and the world. Colours of Nature stems from this necessity. We want Indian natural dye traditions revived and passed on, with the help of specialists, from both India and abroad,” said Amrita Mukerji, founder of Sutra.

According to her, efforts are on to raise awareness about textile heritage through seminars, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, publications and paving way for further research, conservation and development of Indian textile traditions.

“ A large number of exporters have shown interest in sourcing hand woven textile that use natural dye,” said Sangeeta Dudhoria, secretary, Sutra.



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