UPCOMING EVENT

INDIGO SUTRA

INDIGO SUTRA celebrates Indigo, the world's oldest, most widely used and unique dyestuff, and the only natural blue dye. It takes its very name from 'India'.

Indigo, grown and used for millennia in the Subcontinent, was also a major export. It almost died out in the later 19th and early 20th century, due to peasant revolts against forced cultivation and the discovery of synthetic indigo in Germany. One aspect of Indigo's fascinating story is its role in Gandhi's road to Independence.

There is a widespread upsurge of interest in indigo, both in India and worldwide. The time is ripe to revive its cultivation and manufacture in Northern India and elsewhere. A soil enriching plant, it also has medicinal and insect repellant properties along with a host of other environmental benefits.

The increasing awareness of using organic products in a highly polluted world has led to the current desire to use sustainable indigo for clothing and other textiles. INDIGO SUTRA is a milestone project, using expertise and guidance of top scholars, academics and practitioners of indigo from across the world.

The event will focus on the production and use of natural indigo, with seminars, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, discussion forums, documentary film shows, sale of indigo based textile and other products. Optional excursions to weaving and dyeing centres and other places of interest are also being planned.

INDIGO SUTRA will be held in Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata from 9th - 12th November, 2017.

The event will comprise of seminar, workshops on indigo dyeing, demonstrations, exhibitions, films and Grand bazaar. There will be optional textile tours before and after the dates mentioned above.

INDIGO SUTRA Programme

SEMINAR - 9TH AND 10TH NOVEMBER

The SUTRA team is developing the programme for the INDIGO SUTRA event. We are pleased to announce the confirmed participation of the following scholars and textile/dye specialists:

  • Dr Jenny Balfour Paul
  • Dr Dominique Cardon
  • Ms Uzramma
  • Ms Ruby Ghuznavi
  • Ms Charllotte Kwon
  • Dr Monisha Ahmed
  • Mr Mishael Aziz Ahmad
  • Mr Balachander Anbalagan
  • Ms Rashmi Bharti
  • Ms Janie Lightfoot
  • Dr Patrick Brenac
  • Dr Henry Joseph
  • Ms Rhina Rehmann
  • Mr Bernard Imhasly
  • Mr Edric Ong
  • Mr Jesus Cirizia Larraona
  • Mr Santanu Das
  • Mr John Gillow

TOPICS

  • Revival of natural indigo cultivation and manufacture
  • Dyeing with natural indigo and related textile techniques
  • Natural indigo in fashion, textiles and other products; marketing, including quality control

WORKSHOPS - 11TH AND 12TH NOVEMBER

Workshops on Natural indigo (some combined with other natural dyes) and textile techniques are being organised.

Tutors include:

Indigo Vat making and dyeing

  • Ms Jagadha Rajappa (Hyderabad) - Indian Traditional
  • Ms Victoria Vijaykumar (Aranya Naturals, Munnar, Kerala) - Indian Contemporary
  • Ms Charlotte Kwon (Maiwa, Canada) - Organic Ecological
  • Mr Prach Niyomkar (Mann Crafts, Thailand) - With Fruits

Surface Decoration

  • Mr Sufiyan Khatri (Bhuj, Gujrat) - Heritage Ajrakh printing
  • Ms Kamaldeep Kaur (Ahmedabad) - Shibori, tie & dye
  • Mr Ajit Kumar Das (Kolkata) - Heritage kalamkari painting
  • Ms Monoleena Banerjee (Kolkata) - Soft Edge Resist Dyeing from Japan, Africa

exhibition

Several exhibitions are being planned, from archival documents, paintings and textiles, world indigo textiles to contemporary art and fashion using natural indigo.

MARKETPLACE

  • AALAMWAAR
  • AAVRAN
  • ASAL
  • AVANI
  • BAI LOU
  • DEEPAK TARANGA
  • DIVYA SETH
  • HARIDRA
  • JOHN GILLOW
  • JAYPORE
  • KAMALDEEP KAUR
  • KASHMIR LOOM
  • LIVING BLUE
  • LOVE FOR THE LOOM
  • MURA COLLECTIVE
  • NATURALLY ANURADHA
  • PANKAJA SETHI
  • PAROMITA BANERJEE
  • PEOLI
  • PRACHEEN
  • ROLI BOOKS
  • RWITVASTRA
  • SIMON MARKS
  • SREE DEVI HANDLOOMS
  • SRI GOVIND ARTS BAGRU
  • SUFIYAN KHATRI
  • VRIKSH

TOURS & TRAVEL

Sutra Textile Tour – Main Tour

PHULIA | MAHESHGANJ | KALNA | SANTINIKETAN

(An overnight tour can be arranged to Phulia - Maheshganj - Kalna only)

PHULIA

DAY 1

6th NOVEMBER 2017 - MONDAY KOLKATA – PHULIA – MAHESHGANJ

After an early breakfast in Kolkata ( from 06.00 - 07.00 ) we will drive for about 3 hours to Phulia for Tangail jacquard weaving and Jamdani work, visit a traditional sari shop owned by a national Jamdani award winner and learn about different techniques. We will also see indigo dyeing of yarn and yardage.

Phulia specialises in a combination of jacquard and jamdani work while Shantipur is known for superfine dhotis and jacquards. Shantipur – Phulia region has over 125,000 handlooms, producing Shantipuri, Tangail, and Jamdani handloom sarees with a variety of cotton, tussar and silk yarns.

We will then drive to Balakhana Estate in Maheshganj for lunch, which earlier used to be an indigo planter’s bungalow. The rest of the afternoon is left open to walk around the gardens and the nearby river, or to simply relax on the verandah with a cup of tea.
Overnight – Balakhana Bungalow
Meals – Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2

7th NOVEMBER 2017 - TUESDAY MAHESHGANJ – KALNA – Santiniketan

After an early breakfast ( from 07.00 - 08.00 ) we will drive to Kalna to see the finest jamdani weaving.

We will then drive to Santiniketan which will take approximately 3 and half hours, stopping en route at Saktigarh for lunch. In Santiniketan we will meet the 'kantha’ workers from nearby villages.
Overnight – The La Sonajhuri or The Garden Bungalow
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3

8th NOVEMBER 2017 - WEDNESDAY Santiniketan – KOLKATA

After breakfast ( from 08.00 - 09.00 ) we will go to see a natural dye workshop with a local artist. We will then go and see the process of batik resist.
After lunch we will visit a local pottery workshop and other places of interest in Santinikitan. We will then drive back to Kolkata.
Overnight – Own arrangements
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Tour Cost – INR 13500/- all-inclusive per person for a twin sharing basis for 8 – 15 persons
** Triple sharing reduction INR 900/- per person

NOTE – TOUR WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN ON THE 13th, 14th, & 15th of NOVEMBER 2017

Included :

  • Accommodation for two nights on full board basis
  • A knowledgeable textile tour leader
  • Air conditioned Tempo Traveler for transportation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Workshops as mentioned in the program
  • Taxes

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Personal expenses
  • Medical costs, gratuity, beverages, water etc. over dinner, alcohol, laundry

SUTRA TEXTILE TOUR – Santiniketan ONLY

DAY 1

11TH NOVEMBER 2017 SATURDAY KOLKATA – Santiniketan

After an early breakfast ( from 07.00 - 08.00 ) we will drive to Santiniketan which will take approximately 3 and half hours, stopping en route at Saktigarh for lunch. In Santiniketan we will meet the 'kantha’ workers from nearby villages.
Overnight – The La Sonajhuri or The Garden Bungalow
Meals – Lunch and dinner

DAY 2

12TH NOVEMBER 2017 SUNDAY Santiniketan – KOLKATA

After breakfast ( from 08.00 - 09.00 ) we will go to see a natural dye workshop with a local artist. We will then go and see the process of batik resist. After lunch we will visit a local pottery workshop and other places of interest in Santiniketan.
We will then drive back to Kolkata.
Overnight – Own arrangements
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Tour cost INR 9500 all inclusive per person on twin sharing basis for 8-15 persons

Included :

  • Accommodation for one night on full board basis
  • A knowledgeable textile tour leader
  • Air conditioned Tempo Traveler for transport
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Workshops as mentioned in the program
  • Taxes

Not Included :

  • Personal expenses
  • Medical costs, gratuity, beverages, water etc. over dinner, alcohol, laundry

Please contact Mr Avijit Sarkhel directly:

Desk Phone: +91-11-47512262
Mobile Phone: +91-981 833 0707
Contact Email: vana@vanasafaris.com
Website: www.vanasafaris.com