Ethnic designers extraordinaire Asha and Gautam Gupta organized the Kargha Sari Festival which was a huge success and took place in Delhi from the 13th to 18th of July, 2016. Kargha which translates to handloom in English is a saree festival that endeavors to promote traditional, age-old handloom techniques from around the country. These handloom techniques come from regions such as Patan, Uppanda, Paithan and Banaras where they have been developed, practised and refined for years together. Most often these techniques have been passed on from generation to generation over the years, being perfected and improved upon.
Their latest collection showcases the incredible amalgamation of several art and crafts forms such as Ikat, Batik, Patola, Paithani, while incorporating colours like fuchsia, pink, blue and purple. We give you a glimpse behind the intricate detailing and processes behind each handloom technique.
The Ikat technique is one of the oldest forms of handloom craftsmanship. In this collection, the designers try and impart a contemporary touch to meet the requirements of present-day fashion and current trends.
The Patola variety of handloom craftsmanship originates from the place of the same name – Patan which is in the state of Gujarat. What it is is actually a double Ikat woven saree, usually made from silk fabrics. The most common of designs involve animal and floral motifs with elephants, parrots, camels among others featuring most often. They possess the unique advantage of being able to wear them from any side.
The Batik method is very special as it takes around a year for the whole process. In a bid to modernize this variety of handloom techniques a bit, Asha and Gautam have combined batik with different musical instrument motifs.
This technique is quite popular as the process involves completely hand woven sarees and is also characterized by borders of an oblique square design and a pallu with a peacock design. Asha and Gautam have tried to merge the designs with a geometrical flower-like motif that can most often be seen outlined in red.