New Delhi, March 4 (IANSlife) Eight teams of artisans and designers showcased their craft at the fifth edition of ‘Walking Hand in Hand – a collaborative fashion showcase of the Royal Textiles of India.

Presented by the CDS Art Foundation, the show recently held at Sunder Nursery, New Delhi was focussed on revival of handloom craft and cross border collaborations.

As an ode to the matchless textiles and garments crafted for the royal families of India, the event witnessed the revival of the nearly extinct craft collection of ‘Baroda Shalu’. This exquisite pure gold silk tissue textile was revived and recreated through the collaboration of Her Highness Rajmata Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad, Maharani Radhikaraje Gaekwad, designer and master embroiderer Asif Shaikh from Ahmedabad, and master weaver Sayeed Ur Rahman from Benares.

In an effort to pollinate cross border ties and go beyond the horizon, CDS partnered with the Ministry of Textiles and Uzbekistan Embassy to showcase traditional Uzbeck Ikat by artisan, Azizbek Murtazayev with Indian hand embroidery, by Asif Shaikh.

The alliances was further strengthened by US-based designer – Shefali Khanna, who has partnered with weaver — Rajaram from Tamil Nadu, focusing on the abundance and grandeur of Kanjeevaram, and showcasing its versatility across the world.

Asif Shaikh, founder, CDS Art Foundation commented: “The foundation was established with an aim to take handcrafted legacy Indian textiles, rooted in pristine quality and highest level of integrity, along with their master artisans to the world stage. This would enable them to share space, with the best global fashion haute couture brands and textile art collectibles.”

The event also witnessed a performance by Bharatanatyam soloist — Revanta Sarabhai.




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