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RAJASTHAN HERITAGE WEEK SEASON 2

The second edition of Rajasthan Heritage Week celebrating 'Handmade in Rajasthan' was announced at Bikaner House, New Delhi earlier this week, where a special showcase by Bibi Russel and Abraham Thakore unveiled the stunning design that will characterise the three-day fashion extravaganza — including a five-day Crafts Village — to be held from 30 November to 4 December 2016 in Jaipur.

 

It's not difficult to see the magic that lies in the country's artisanal crafts and textiles. Rajasthan Heritage Week — spearheaded by Prasad Bidapa Associates in association with the Khadi Board and the Government of Rajasthan — is a window into a universe of crafts and textiles, particularly historical fabric khadi and handmade fabrics unique to the state. In the deepest alcoves of Rajasthan, weavers and innumerable printers, dyers and artisans are one of the largest working populations in the industry that gives the state its unique identity; the three-day extravaganza would showcase, celebrate and honour the excruciating labour of national award winning weavers from Bagru, Jaipur, Sanganer, Kaithoon, Mangrol, Barmer, Baran and Pokhran and cutting-edge modern design by Abraham Thakore, Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Hemant Trevedi, Rohit Bal, Vidhi Singhania, Wendell Rodricks, Rimzim Dadu, Urvashi Kaur, International designers Bibi Russell, Sonali Dharmawardena, Ajai Vir Singh and Madina Kasimbaeva and many others!! In other words, a testament to the exceptional beauty of the nation's artisanal textiles and the ease with which Indian and International designers inject their design aesthetic into these fabrics.

 

With 'Handmade In Rajasthan' — where the best in the business showcased in the debut edition last year alongside award-winning weavers in a sublime tribute to the Indian warp and weft — this pioneering initiative was recognised on the global fashion map, with people willing to pay a price for handmade, translating into higher wages for weavers who tirelessly work to uphold the legacy of our forefathers. As countdown to the Rajasthan Heritage Week Season 2 begins, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje mentions that the Textile Development Program started last year has uplifted the weavers' confidence and given them a sense of direction, guided by the designers. Having now engaged leading national and International designers to work with Rajasthani weavers in building the brand 'Handmade in Rajasthan', the objective is to give Khadi and Handloom the tag of Luxury. Every piece of fabric woven by hand represents the spirituality of the Fabric of Freedom, a Gandhian philosophy that should now create increased employment and a better quality of life for every artisan in the State. The focus of Rajasthan Heritage Week is to showcase the versatility of heritage fabrics to buyers worldwide, in the form of modern fashionable silhouettes, for every occasion.
 

Rajasthan Heritage Week
 
Abraham Thakore Preview Showcase at Bikaner House
 
Bibi Russell Preview Showcase at Bikaner House
 
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