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DESIGN DIARY BY ABRAHAM AND THAKORE

Abraham and Thakore — founded by David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore — is celebrated for the seamless blend of eco-conscious handcrafted textiles and astringent futurism that characterises their collections. Here, David speaks to us on designers responsibility towards the handloom sector and their showcase at Rajasthan Heritage Week.

 

"Indian designers have always worked very closely with the craft and textile industry​ which has benefited from the exchange. This needs to be continued. I believe that all products made by the hand of a crafts person needs to be valued as "luxury" and should migrate up the value chain. The work of the human hand cannot be equated with a machine. I must stress here that the handloom industry is a source of some of India's richest traditions and it is imperative that designers continue their engagement with the sector. Our responsibility is to keep traditional hand made goods desirable and sought after.

 

We are looking forward to the rich creative output of the many participants at Rajasthan Heritage Week and seeing the story unfold. It is always exciting to develop a design narrative which is what the second edition of RHW for us as designers will be...​we are working again with fabrics from the Rajasthan Khadi Board which have certain special characteristics in terms of the woven structures. We are focusing on ​the natural texture of the fabric and developing thread stitching techniques based on tribal patterns to enhance the surface texture. In terms of silhouettes, we are looking at classic kurtas with a twist for men, and ​dresses and tunics for women."
 

RAJASTHAN HERITAGE WEEK
Abraham and Thakore at rajasthan Heritage Week 2015
 
07-NOVEMBER-2016
 
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