The 8th edition of the very popular Hast Karigar Society Exhibition captioned,“Impressions, Rhymes & Rhythms of Life”, was inaugurated by Mrs. Sujatha Shankar, well known architect and Convener, The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). This exhibition reflects the Harmony of Tradition, Colour and Creativity of our Weavers and Artisans, from August 30 to September 4, 2016 (Tuesday to Sunday), 11 am to 7 pm, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road, Chennai.
Traditional artists, jewellery makers, handloom weavers, craftsmen and hand block printers from all over India will participate in this exhibition expressing their skills weaved in motifs and symbols. This is the 8th year running where Hast Karigar Society is bringing together its artisan members to Chennai for its annual exhibition.
This year’s exhibition will showcase a collection of hand woven organic cotton (Popala, Karnataka) tussar and silk and khadi sarees, dupatta, stoles and fabrics from Benaras, Bhagalpur, Chanderi, Maheswar, Phulia, Sambalpur (Ikkat), Phalodi, Machilipatnam, Kota and Kutch.
Laheria, Batik, Shibori, Kalamkari, Indigo and Tie and Dye using vegetable and natural colours will be added attractions this year.
Sanghaner, Bagru, Dabu, Ajrak, Aakola and Machilipatnam hand block prints on sarees, dupattas, stoles, fabric and home furnishings will combine traditional shades of colours with a fusion of intricately cut traditional and contemporary designs and patterns.
Colourful Durries from Uttar Pradesh and intricately woven Mats from West Bengal will also be on sale. Presence of Pattachitra, Miniature art, and Madhubani painting will add style and colour to the exhibition. Lambani, Kantha and Desert embroidery, Chikan and Applique will reflect the skill of deft hands of our women artisans. Colourful dupattas, stoles and wrap-arounds woven by the women of the Rabha tribe from the Buxa and Chilapata forests in West Bengal will be stunning to look at.
Unique collection of hand crafted Lambani jewellery, Rajasthan stone and silver jewellery, filigree, Kauna and reed baskets (Manipur), cloth and leather bags, coconut shell products, leather puppets and lamp shades, pottery and block printed stationery will be colourful and a joy to look at and buy.