Press Release

A unique textile exhibition – ‘New Traditions: Influences & Inspirations in Indian Textiles, 1947 – 2017’ opened its doors to the public at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). The exhibition has been curated by Mayank Mansingh Kaul and designed by Reha Sodhi. It has been commissioned by JKK and will remain open to the public till 31 July from 11 am to 7 pm on all days except public holidays.

Curator of the exhibition, Mr. Mayank Mansingh Kaul said that when it comes to traditional textiles, most people continue to believe that not much has changed in the textiles industry. However, in last 50 to 60 years there has been immense dynamism and newness which this exhibition aims to project. The artworks have been placed in a way to connect the historical theme of a particular fabric to the present times.

The exhibition showcases artwork from over 50 artists and designers who have been dynamically influenced by cultural, political, social, economic and scientific conditions.  Each gallery reflects upon a different geographical region and captures a different time period. With unique works like – Saaris made from bottle caps and Silicon; Kanjiravam and Banarasee saaris; Khadi Denim; revival of Zardosi; Kalamkari; Embroidery; Chikankari as well as the traditional Bandhani, the exhibition is a historical show of a designer’s life journey.

A special attraction of the exhibition is the focus on futuristic and experimental fashion. Works like bronze, silver and gold Zari; Mukesh work in the form of a clock-dial; dresses made from recycled materials and 3D embroidery, represents the interaction of global countries to constitute Indian-ness in textiles.

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