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The Glorious 26th Year of ‘Vastrabharana’

September 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The Glorious 26th Year of ‘Vastrabharana’

The Glorious 26th Year of ‘Vastrabharana’

‘Vastrabharana’ is celebrating its 26th glorious year and the 2018 edition is back at Chitrakala Parishath with many more exciting participants from all over the country, from the 28th of September to the 2nd of October 2018, from10 am to 7:30 pm.

The Crafts Council of Karnataka has always kept alive the proud tradition of sari culture and awareness specially to our future generations through this flagship exhibition. For several decades, we have carried this meaningful message in all our invitations:


To celebrate the 26th year of our flagship fundraiser, the Crafts Council of Karnataka is pleased to present a specially curated collection from all over the country to the discerning clientele of Bangalore. Vastrabharana brings to you mainstream weavers, upcoming weavers, National and State awardees this year. Vastrabharana aims to celebrate the languishing textile craft by showcasing an array of exquisite textiles and yardage.

The Crafts Council of Karnataka is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the promotion of the traditional handicrafts of our State. This fundraiser event is the only source of income to take forward all our activities which include the welfare schemes for the craftspersons, by organising craft exhibitions, seminars, design development workshops, old age pensions and medical benefits for the needy craftpersons of our State.

Every year we try to highlight a particular textile tradition. This year our endeavour has been to focus and present many varieties of handcrafted cholis, bespoke Kanjaris, Abhas by using handloom yardage fine-tuned with subtle detailing. As always this year too there are more than 50 master craftspersons showcasing their unique handcrafted treasures. To name a few

1. Ghanshyam Sarode of Hyderabad will be presenting the famous Uppada and Paithani sarees.

2. Gamtiwala of Ahmedabad will lure customers with attractive hand blocked printed yardage.

3. Pracheen will showcase excellent handblock printed silk with natural dyes.

4. Anuradha Pegu will be bringing unique natural dyed weaves of Assam.

5. We have colourful Chanderis from Marm Creations.

6. Exquisite and affordable Andhra Handlooms and Ikats by Abhihara.

7. Leena Das’s fine Tussars from Bihar.

8. Santosh Saha’s exclusive Jamdhani weaves .

9. Anavila’s exquisite pure linen sarees.

10. Aadhya’s linen Ikat and Gadwals.

11. Aavaran’s age old technique of natural dyeing and printing and traditional designs on fabrics like Kota doriya, mulberry silk, tussar etc. Aavaran aims to promote and evolve traditional crafts while economically empowering low income groups of craftspersons from rural clusters of Rajasthan. This endeavour is the brain-child of Alka Sharma, a textile graduate from Indian Institute of Crafts and Designs, Jaipur.

12. Karomi’s Bauhaus- A textile tradition should be seen to be believed

Other highlights on display are:

Hasta Weaves of Chennai, are bringing a beautiful traditional collection of Kanjeevaram saris along with innovative textures and weaves. This will surely be a unique collection.

The hand woven Ikats from Pochampally by Murali textiles is another must buy.

Lakshman Rao’s Mangalgiri saris are a big hit here

Dwaraka, an NGO from Kalahasti will showcase exclusive hand-painted Kalamkari sarees.

Govardhan Bhai of Kasab will be presenting Rajkot Patolas, Ashavalis, woven cottons from Ahmedabad and Garcholas

Shri Niraj of Raj Rajeswari will be bringing an exclusive collection of Varanasi weaves.

Not to miss Pradeep Pillai’s handcrafted Nalandar’s Tussars

Vrij Bhoomi’s contemporary Ajraks

Sufiyan Ismail Khatri’s mind blowing traditional Ajrak yardage and sarees

Chamanlal Siju’s handcrafted sarees from Kutch

Takli woven yardage and sarees by Asal

There will also be a variety of hand-woven Tussars from Bengal, Bihar, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

The traditional art of handblock printing is so fascinating in our glorious textile repertoire. The Dabu prints of Chaubandi, Kaladera, Rajasthan, with natural dyes have been painstakingly created exclusively for the connoisseurs of Vastrabharana. Not to forget the fascinating thread jewellery also from Kaladera by master craftsman Kailash Patwa.

Shri Ram Kishore Chippa of Bagru- Rajasthan, a Padmashri Awardee, is bringing an exclusive range of saris specially crafted for this prestigious event.

The original handcrafted Laheriyas of Jaipur by Sabbir Nilgar will also be showcased.

Shyamji Bhai of Bujodi – Kutch also a National Awardee, will be showcasing specially woven sarees along with his unique shawls at this exhibition.

There will also be an array of exclusive stitch painting (embroidery) from different parts of our country.

The handwoven pure cotton saris of Kancheepuram will also be available at the exhibition.

The famous Ilkal saris and Guled Gudda Khanas from North Karnataka are well curated by kale Nele.

The exclusive Shibori collections from “Mura Collectives” are well received at our exhibition.

We are proud to announce that we have always held our flagship exhibition in and around Gandhi Jayanthi at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. Despite several such exhibitions mushrooming all over Bangalore in the recent past, we are proud to say that our participants have been very loyal to our organisation. It is a humbling experience for us at the Crafts Council to note that our discerning customers recognise that by patronising Vastrabharana exhibitions, gives them the satisfaction of contributing towards the social development processes of CCK.

The purpose of this exhibition is to promote a direct purchase of the very best quality in handcrafted textiles genuinely brought by master weavers and printers at reasonable prices without involving middlemen. Recently however, Vastrabharana being a fundraiser, we have introduced a few designers on popular demand.

The purpose of Vastrabharana exhibition has always been to create awareness of our glorious textile heritage and to empower rural crafts persons to earn a dignified livelihood.


September 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am
October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
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