Discipline Faculty

Out of A Cocoon: Weaving Traditions of Chhattisgarh and Assam

Ravi Prakash

Swasti Singh Ghai

The project was undertaken for Taneira, a brand that aims to revive the oldest occupation and garment, handloom weaving and saree. Their team has travelled across India to bring together the most beautiful collection of handwoven sarees. Ravi’s brief was to design a collection of Tussar silk sarees for working women who are self-independent and growth-oriented yet drape their tradition as a mark of pride. He worked on two collections, one with an earthy feel using Tussar silk yarns and the other with a festive and vibrant Sualkuchi weave of Assam.
The first collection designed by Ravi, ranged from contemporary to traditional, thus maintaining the identity of the craft without compromising the current trends and heritage value of the products. It was a great learning for him to work with conventional arts without compromising on the strength of its uniqueness. It was also a challenge to sustain the traditional craftmanship and local environment while working with the weavers.