The Charm of Chanderi

In Ashok Nagar district in northern Madhya Pradesh state, nestled in hills, surrounded by forests and lakes and scattered with historic monuments, is the charming town of Chanderi. It is one of two towns in the state famous for its weaving heritage – the other is Maheshwar, which you can read about here. I took …

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Kota Doria

I recently visited Kota on my way from Jaipur to Maheshwar keen to learn about the Kota Doria sari weaving tradition. I was kindly helped by Victoria Singh, a local resident and founder of the Kota Heritage Society. After accompanying her on a few errands around town – she is involved in a lot of local …

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Five P: Handloom Revival and Innovation in Tamil Nadu

This article is written by Uthra Rajgopal, who worked with Five P to develop their website and promotional material during a textile exploration trip around India last year. An art history post- graduate and currently a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Uthra is conducting research into Khadi and Handloom in India, and will be presenting at the …

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Global Textiles – Cotton

As we are approaching the much crazed about London Olympics, textiles, crafts and historic artefacts feature widely in the Cultural Olympiad programme. Global Threads which includes both the Cotton exhibition at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and Asian Textiles and Fashion Today at The Harris Museum in Preston. So far I have just managed …

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