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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Women Weavers from SAARC Countries

From Jan10-12 there was a weavers & handicrafts exhibition at RMKV Silks at Brookefields,Coimbatore. Women weavers from India, Bangladesh,Afghanistan,Bhutan,Nepal & Pakistan participated. Some of them were provided with looms and actually demonstrated their weaving and embroidery skills.SEWA -a self employed women's association has tied up with SABAH an organization funded by SAARC Development Fund to help craftsmen from South Asian Countries and to bring alive dying crafts and help these women become self reliant. Products on display included sarees, stoles,cushion covers and home decor featuring Baluchi Kandaharjoshi,sapma & tipma weaves,jamdani patchwork,applique and intricate hand embroidery were on display. Naazish from Pakistan talked with enthusiasm but refused to pose for a picture. Pema Shering and Gem had carted table mats,shawls,sweat shirts,laptop bags and pouches made from yak wool all the way from Bhutan.
Tandin Wangmo from Bhutan is seen weaving  a Kira - a traditional Bhutanes dress
Devumaya Nimpu from Nepal weaves sarees, shawls & caps. Here she is seen weaving a shawl


A woman from Tamilnadu seen here weaving a Kanchipuram saree.
Two young ladies from war torn Afghanistan proudly posed with their finished products
Handicrafts from Afghanistan including their national Flag
Raniben from Gujarat.India is all concentration as she intricately embroiders a dress. - above and below

30 comments:

  1. Glad to know such interesting and interactive exhibitions are being held. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. the weavers are to be commended; I imagine how hard that might be on your back for one. I admire their wonderful creative artistry with fine threads

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  3. Hope im there, i start my small fashion business and use the traditional indonesia woven "ikat", when im travel i always try to get the local textile pattern , they just amazing

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  4. Confluence of all weaving arts! Great post.

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  5. such an interesting mix of weavers from SAARC!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  6. The weavers are creative and talented..It is nice to see people proud of their work.. Have a happy day!

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  7. It is interesting to watch them when they work on their looms...I have watched some here in Chennai in some exhibitions but have never seen people from Afghanistan selling their wares here. Nice.

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  8. Great shots. Very colorful and beautiful. I love woven fabrics.

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  9. Godne podziwu są takie ręcznie wykonywane śliczne prace.Pozdrawiam.
    Admirable are the beautiful handmade work. Yours.

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  10. i like the pattern and colors on the one that is weaving the shawl... beautiful ladies and so talented. i am happy for them they have a place to sell their beautiful wares... thanks for sharing this with us. another view of our wide wide world seen through you lens.

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  11. I can tell by their facial expressions that the Afghan women have had a rough life. My fiancee's parents left their home-country Laos (The United States had some involvement there during the Vietnam War) because they (and their parents and other family members) couldn't stand living in war-torn area.

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  12. Wonderful to see traditional skills being carried forward.. with such beautiful results at the end also. Excellent series of shots Ram.

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  13. Εξαιρετικές φωτογραφίες από υπέροχες κυρίες!!!
    Η υφαντική τέχνη αναβιώνει και στην Ελλάδα τα τελευταία χρόνια! Ευχάριστο!
    Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

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  14. It's a good exhibition for these ladies and their works are very beautiful, elaborate. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  15. wonderful to see this kind of exhibits...afghan exhibit brings back memories ...

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  16. Love the way that woman sits in deep concentration as she works on her craft. :)

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  17. This is more than delightful to see. My mother was a weaver and her work is the my among my greatest treasures.

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  18. Dear Ram, I think we need to revive this art by encouraging a blend of hand weaving and machine designing. This would also give a better return to hand weavers for their work.

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  19. Their work is so lovely and very tome consuming. How nice they agreed to pose for you!

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  20. Did you buy something, Sir? Must be an amazing experience to watch them weave. Lovely shots.

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  21. Very interesting post Ram.....thank you!

    Ruby

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  22. Happy to learn that their hard work is being supported -- such gorgeous fabrics and colors! Interesting post Ram. Thank you.

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