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Fashion Sutra: Weaving through Indian heritage textiles

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, September 20, 2019  /  03:29 pm
Fashion Sutra: Weaving through Indian heritage textiles

Fashion celebration: Models showcase Charu Parashar's designs during the Fashion Sutra event organized by the Indian Embassy in Indonesia in Jakarta to celebrate weaving heritage in India and Indonesia. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

When you think of Indian fashion, colorful saris probably come to mind but despite their popularity, saris are not all there is to Indian textiles. Take for example khadi – handwoven cloth comparable to Indonesian tenun.  Like Indonesia and its love for tenun, khadi is enjoying greater popularity, including with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, and its production involves hundreds of thousands of workers. In this spirit, the Indian Embassy brought in two up-and-coming Indian designers to showcase their collections in a recent show in Jakarta, featuring creations cut from khadi textiles. The show, titled Fashion Sutra, also marked 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Indonesia. Heritage: Due to the complex handmade process, a piece of fabric can take as long as three months to complete. (JP/Narabeto Korohama) Pratima Pandey, with her bra...