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Craft for generations

Craft for generations
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Shrujan, a grass-root, craft-revival, and income-generation organization, established in 1969, organised the largest exhibition of Hand Embroidered Products from 05 July to 08 July in the Aga Khan Hall. The exhibition focused mainly on saris, shawls, and dupattas, among other garments.  
Besides displaying 16 different styles of Hand Embroidery, made by craftswomen from 10 communities of the Kutch region of Gujarat, the exhibition presented a whole new array of vibrant colours and high-quality fabric to enthral any person with an eye and appreciation for art, textile, or embroidery.

Hiral Dayal, Trustee Shrujan, said, ‘Each of the 16 hand-embroidery styles from this region resembles a piece of jewellery. More than 95% of our customers who appreciate the uniqueness of this art have placed great trust in us for delivery of the best-quality and highly durable hand-embroidered finished products.’

 In addition to focusing on a new range of designs for saris, shawls, dupattas, and other garments, the exhibition showcased new styles of not only garments but also stitches. Visitors to the Shrujan Hand Embroidery Exhibition found an eclectic mix of traditional embroidery on contemporary apparels, including men's kurtas as well as silk and woolen jackets.
 The years of research on hand embroidery from Kutch and its communities was evident on the resplendent display of stitches and vibrant colors.

Besides its classic range, the highlights of the event were colourful, embroidered Maheshwari dupattas and stoles; and tie-and-dye skirts and cholis. Hand-embroidered fabrics that 3,500 craftswomen living in 100 remote villages of Kutch have fashioned into high-quality products were appreciated by all.

At its previous exhibition, Shrujan presented the first book and instructional film entitled Under the Embroidered Sky: the Embroidery of the Ahirs of Kutch, that showed the research work and documentation and filming of the embroidery styles of other communities.
For countless generations, this craft had been passed on from the mother to the daughter. However, with the oral tradition of teaching and learning falling out of favor, exploration of other methods of safeguarding the wisdom of the craft has become imperative.
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