Love India’s textile heritage? Want to see how traditional fabrics and weaves can be interpreted in contemporary ways? A new exhibition and sale in town can give you some insights. ‘Nayaab‘, a one-of-a-kind showcase brings 21 designers under one roof to celebrate the rich textile heritage of India.
The list comprises of celebrated names whose repertoire extensively focuses on working with Indian textiles. There are Abraham & Thakore, who are known for their contemporary reimagining of Indian textiles; Urvashi Kaur, popular for her experiments with cotton and Chanderi; and Kshitij Jalori who has led innovative experiments with the Benarasi. Veterans Rajesh Pratap Singh and ace couturier Anju Modi will also be exhibiting their creations. Other designers and labels participating include Eka by Rina Singh, Divyam Mehta, Divya Seth, Torani, Payal Pratap, Taika by Poonam Bhagat, Kora, Yavi, and more. A stall-wise set-up will allow visitors to take a look at the creations and purchase products.
The exhibition/sale is curated by Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao. Sood is an industry veteran and has worked on several craft projects and textiles for four decades now; she is also the woman behind one of the first haute couture boutiques in Chennai. Apparao is the a gallerist, known for Chennai-based Apparao Gallery.