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THE HANDLOOM: KANJIVARAM SILK

In 2018 Bollywood star Deepika Padukone wore two Kanjivarams for her wedding celebrations. One was a breathtaking red sari with the Gandaberunda, a mythical two-headed bird, and thesecond one had zari in both the warp and weft—it draped like molten gold. Both were by the Label Advaya from The House of Angadi in Bengaluru.

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K Radharaman of the House of Angadi is reinventing the weave

In 2009, a master weaver called Dorai stared blankly at the man in front of him. Dorai told the man something the latter had already suspected he’d hear. “Mudiyadu, anna (It can’t be done, brother).” The master weaver only agreed to attempt what he had deemed impossible when the visitor, K Radharaman, assured him he’d sit beside him while he worked….

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Handlooms need a solid push

K Radharaman of The House of Angadi says the awareness quotient about handloom has come down.

“Earlier, shopping was typically a family expedition. So an understanding of handlooms (as well as other things like jewellery) was passed down through generations during these shopping trips. The end of such a norm has contributed to the decline in knowledge,” he says.

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The Fabric of India

Ninety Kilometres South West of the modern City of Chennai – lies a town that lends its name to one of the most celebrated textile genres in the history of our civilization.

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Inspired by Deepika Padukone, here’s the modern-day bride’s guide to Kanjeevarams

Deepika Padukone’s Kanjeevaram sari from luxury label, Advaya from the House of Angadi, has stirred the bridal fashion pot late last year and early this year. The Bangalore-based sari house is now in the news for its exquisite bridal Kanjeevarams and its innovative approach to the traditional weave. The fact that a celebrity like Deepika asserted her Kannada bridal roots with the Advaya sari not only made people sit up and take notice and got accolades for the House of Angadi. But for the design house, headed by Mr K Radharaman, the label’s popularity has always been the same, it’s a well known destination for South Indian brides around the world.

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Dancing girl in Ajanta fresco, a 2012 photograph (left) and Robert Gill's copy in 19th-century.

Why Textiles are a part of our National Heritage

The rich cultural heritage that has been bequeathed to us by our ancestors is a source of great strength and pride to each one of us. I have always held that our cultural values were the source of our greatness as a civilization and shall remain at the core of our future progress as a nation.

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