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DELHI: CDS Art Foundation's 'Artisan-First' ideology, which recognizes artisans as true custodians of their textile craft legacy, came alive with a spectacular showcase at Sunder Nursery. Titled 'Walking Hand-in-Hand — Royal Textiles of India,' it was beautifully curated with eight teams of artisans and designers showcasing the finest textile craft across India. The evening witnessed revival of near extinct craft of 'Baroda Shalu' — gold silk tissue textile revived through a collaboration of HH Rajmata Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad, Maharani Radhikaraje Gaekwad, designer and embroiderer Asif Shaikh and weaver Sayeed Ur Rahman. To pollinate cross border ties, CDS partnered with Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Uzbekistan Embassy to showcase Uzbeck Ikat by artisan Azizbek Murtazayev and hand embroiderer by Asif Shaikh. Global alliances were further strengthened by US-based designer Shefali Khanna, who partnered with weaver Rajaram, focusing on Kanjeevaram. The fifth edition of this show wasn't just about fashion, it was about creating a platform to enable artisanal craft to flourish through cross border collaborations, in modern language. Complete credit goes to Rani Darshana Kumari, Gitanjali Shah and Priyanjali Katoch; Meenal Kumari Singh Deo; Jyoti Reddy; Asaf Ali and Vidhi Singhania who worked towards the revival of textile craft with a set of unique pieces showcased to celebrate their combined legacy and heritage. Cheers!


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