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Artisans of Fashion - Events’ photostream on Flickr.Australian Social Enterprise, Artisans of Fashion presented some of the most spectacular examples of artisans work in a runway show featuring renowned Indian designer Manish Arora and Australian based designer Roopa Pemmaraju. 
Hosted by the Taj Foundation for the benefit of 3 very worthy charities, MEWSIC: A Brett Lee Foundation, Steve Waugh Foundation and ODAAT - One Disease At A Time.
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Artisans of Fashion - Events’ photostream on Flickr.

Australian Social Enterprise, Artisans of Fashion presented some of the most spectacular examples of artisans work in a runway show featuring renowned Indian designer Manish Arora and Australian based designer Roopa Pemmaraju.
Hosted by the Taj Foundation for the benefit of 3 very worthy charities, MEWSIC: A Brett Lee Foundation, Steve Waugh Foundation and ODAAT - One Disease At A Time.


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Maiyet’s Varanasi weaving video featuring Nest weavers, in the location of Nest’s biggest project—the construction of a new, state of the art weaving facility.  

Watch the video here… http://bit.ly/11x4IUP

(Source: maiyet)



Couture on the Runway for the Indian Textile Artisans

Indian high fashion collaborated with Australian social enterprise, Artisans of Fashion on Saturday in a first-ever joint effort to raise international awareness of the plight of the artisans of India who remain invisible but are key to the success of haute couture the world over.

Internationally recognised and award winning designer Manish Arora who divides his time between Paris and New Delhi showcased his exquisite archive collection which boasts of extraordinary craftsmanship in support of the Australia-based social enterprise, Artisans of Fashion or AOF at the Event Centre at THE STAR on October 26.

The collection is an impeccable blend of India’s true essence and Manish’s vision of experiments in contemporary art and fashion. He takes inspiration from the myriad aesthetic layers of India - from its opulent embroideries to its intricate craftsmanship in architecture and ornamentation.

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AIRLINE PARTNER

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“Its great to see such keen interest in securing the threatened future of our Indian craftspeople by Artisans Of Fashion. The country’s rich artistic legacy of ornamentation continues to inspire the world, with its vibrant colours, decorative arts, intricate architecture and unique handicrafts. While Indian organizations and some international ngos have been doing the same for a number of years, AOF in Australia has raised the bar to get the attention at the luxury end of the market and aimed straight at the buyer. This is very innovative and it gives me great pleasure to partner with Caroline’s project and share my collection which is an impeccable blend of India’s true essence with the Australian people. “ Manish Arora

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Roopa Pemmaraju, an Australian, Indian designer based in Melbourne, will also showcase her luxury ready-to-wear line featuring the original artworks of Indigenous Australian artists on a canvas of ethically woven Indian fabrics, at the gala dinner.

Beginning in Australia, Roopa Pemmaraju’s designs are developed in collaboration with artists from initial concept to finished garments, consulting at every stage of the design process to ensure they support the translation from painting to print placement. High value is placed on traditional designs and natural materials, as is making a positive contribution to the lives and wellbeing of artisans, communities and the environment.

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©Kirk Powell 2013

The gala dinner and runway show, attended by over 550 guests including the likes of Brett Lee, Steve Waugh, Melissa Doyle, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born, amongst others. The spectacular event was organised by the Taj Foundation, as the highlight of its “An Indian Summer” event, with MCs Glenn McGrath and Sara-Leonardi McGrath. The night raised funds to support the triumvirate of worthy causes, Artisans of fashion, The Steve Waugh Foundation and Mewsic: A Brett Lee Foundation. 

Thank you to our sponsors for all of their support. Singapore Airlines, IMG Models Australia, MAC Cosmetics & Indian Tourism.



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Malkha, a pure cotton cloth made directly from raw cotton, is getting itself heard. And admired. Malkha cotton production has its roots in initiatives that followed droughts and consequent impoverishment and trail of suicide deaths of farmers


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Threads of India Tour by Barry Lorne Freedman (Part Two)

Day 1: 

I was curious to discover natural dyes on tour.  It’s such a fascinating and impressive collision of nature and science.  What really impressed me, was the diversity of rich and sophisticated colours - indigo, pomegranate.  Now, I just have to learn how it’s all done so I can incorporate the technique into my own work!

Hand-carved wood blocks for repeat and border prints.

Inventory of natural dye materials.

Later in the day, we headed to Kapaleeshwarar, a 7th. Century Shiva temple.  This was my first encounter with Hindu architecture.  I loved all the colours, especially the blue light on the side (it’s totally Mardi Gras!).  Typically, sites of worship give me anxiety, but Hindu culture is so chilled out; it was simply peaceful and relaxing wandering around the site.  What an incredible (!ndia) end to the first day.  Last stop: the Taj Coromandel, where the Australian cricket team was also happened to be staying!

– Barry Lorne Freedman is a Sydney-based menswear designer currently developing a range of men’s neckties: FREED–MAN® https://www.facebook.com/freedman.neckties

 



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Threads of India Tour Part One - Barry Lorne Freedman

After being awarded the Threads of India experience through Artisans of Fashion back in November, 2012, one of the first things I did was ask tour host and curator, Christina Sumner OAM, for recommendations for books about Indian textiles.  Of course I knew something about Indian textiles.  Growing up in multicultural Toronto, I became pretty familiar with contemporary and traditional saris, and it’s hard to ignore the visual influence and impact of Bollywood.  But, curious-cat-me wanted to know more.  Christina suggested Indian Textiles, by John Gillow, which is an expansive, historical and beautifully visual overview of what is really a large topic.  I was surprised by the regional diversity of styles and techniques, the significant role of natural dyes and the absence of contemporary-style Indian ‘bling’ (thank gawd!). 

Fast-forward, and it’s day 2 (Wednesday, 27 February, 2013) of Threads of India.  First stop: Kalakshetra in Adyar, south Chennai (formerly Madras).  Today was a day of many firsts.

Seeing a loom for the first time was quite powerful.  In fashion school, I was taught fabrics.  You know, ‘this is herringbone, that is a jacquard’ etc.  Essentially, as a class, we were shown a sad batch of samples, and then analysed their elements, like composition, weave and weight.  Then, if I wasn’t already asleep or looking at my ‘smart’ phone for relief, I imagined the even sadder factories in China where they were produced.  It certainly didn’t help that my teacher was a rude bore.  So, to see weaving in a new and real context was eye-opening.  Finally, I learned and remembered which were the weft and warp!  Thanks, Chris!
Here’s a husband and wife team creating a Madras check.  Ring a bell?

At the top of this loom is the programming technology for the weaving pattern.  They are cards that have been punched with holes, with each card representing the design, row by row.

I quite liked this sari for it’s simplicity and geometric pattern.  Christina pointed out that the spikes along the border represent elements of Hindu architecture.

Here’s a striking sari in a classic Madras check.  I certainly gave this piece a lot of attention.  Before today, I knew of the Madras check.  In fact, it’s an incredibly popular style in men’s fashion  - for shirts and ties.  But, seriously, I had never connected the obvious, that the design originated in India!  I had just assumed that it was something from modern British culture.  How naïve!  I particularly love the play of contrasts between the predominantly black and yellow, plain areas, and the closely repeating yellow and black lines which create the illusion of an in-between brown colour.  Yum! 

– Barry Lorne Freedman is a Sydney-based menswear designer currently developing a range of men’s neckties: FREED–MAN® https://www.facebook.com/freedman.neckties 

Threads of India Two departs February 2014 visit www.threadsofindia.net for tour information.



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Nest LEXICON of CRAFT: Hand Embroidery 

In Gujarat, Mochi embroiderers developed the art of embroidering silk in chain stitch using an implement called an ari—a fine awl with a notch just above the end that forms a hook, adapted from a cobbler’s awl. Ari, or hook chain stitch, is an ancient craft, fundamental to embroidery traditions from around the world, with surviving examples dating back to the 5th century B.C. in China. The technique is often used to ‘draw’ designs with thread because the stitches easily form curved, flowing lines through a series of interconnected loops.