INDIGO SUTRA

INDIGO SUTRA an international event on the revival and resurgence of natural indigo.

INDIGO SUTRA was a landmark event that took place in Kolkata from 9-18 November 2017 to celebrate Indigo, the worlds oldest, most widely used and unique dyestuff and the only natural blue dye which takes its very name from 'India'.

Comprising a seminar, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, documentary films, bazaar and textile tours, it attracted people from all over India and from every continent in the world.

The idea was to create awareness of reviving the cultivation of indigo in Bengal and other places where it had stopped due to political unrest or other reasons and also to encourage the use of natural indigo dyeing using natural methods.

reviews of INDIGO SUTRA

It was an honour to get reviewed by Ms Avalon Fotheringham, Curator for South Asian Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

"Indigo Sutra has brought together artists, designers, scientists, historians, manufacturers, agriculturalists and more all united by their passion for indigo. The event has been truly multidisciplinary, ranging from engaging panel discussions to sumptuous fashion shows. The Sutra team have considered every detail right down to the hand made indigo-dyed delegate bags. Two exhibitions telling both historic and contemporary stories of indigo have been beautifully curated and showcase spectacular work, while the Grand Bazaar features some of the best artisans practicing in India today. A range of hands-on workshops and demonstrations in combination with tours to actual makers' studios rounds out the event with practical experience, while evening celebrations have given delegates the opportunity to share their work with fellow indigo advocates from all around the world. The event has been an incredible success - thanks to Sutra for such an educational and inspiring experience."

INDIGO SUTRA

INDIGO SUTRA held in Kolkata from 9- 18 November 2017 was organised to celebrate 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 was a milestone project, using expertise and guidance of top scholars, academics and practitioners of indigo from across the world.

The event focused 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 were organised.

INDIGO SUTRA was held at ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071 from
9th - 18th November, 2017.

The event comprised seminar, workshops on indigo dyeing, demonstrations, exhibitions, films and Grand bazaar. There were optional textile tours before and after the seminar.

SEMINAR - Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR - 9 & 10 November

DEMONSTRATIONS - ICCR - 9 & 10 November

THE GRAND BAZAAR - Bengal Gallery, Sculpture Court and Abanindranath Gallery, ICCR - 9 ,10,11 November

EXHIBITIONS - Nandalal Bose Gallery and Jamini Roy Gallery, ICCR - 9-18 November

WORKSHOPS - J. D. Birla Institute 11 & 12 November

INDIGO SUTRA Programme

SEMINAR - 9TH AND 10TH NOVEMBER

Following scholars and textile/dye specialists participated at the seminar:

TOPICS

  • Revival of natural indigo cultivation and manufacture.
  • Dyeing with natural indigo and related textile techniques.
  • Dyeing with Natural Indigo: Artisans and Techniques.
  • World Indigo and Conservation.
  • Natural indigo in fashion, textiles and other products; marketing, including quality control.

INDIGO SUTRA SEMINAR SCHEDULE

DEMONSTRATIONS 9TH AND 10TH NOVEMBER AT ICCR

WORKSHOPS - 11TH AND 12TH NOVEMBER

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

Venue of the Workshop:

  • WORKSHOPS WERE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH
  • J. D. Birla Institute of Sciences
  • 11 Lower Rawdon Street,
  • Kolkata-700020.

TUTORS INCLUDED FOR:

Indigo Vat making and dyeing

  • Charllotte Kwon, Tim McLaughlin, Pankaj Shah, Bappaditya Biswas, Jabbar Khatri (Organic Ecological Vat).
  • Ms. Jagadha Rajappa (Hyderabad) - Indian Traditional
  • Mr. Kokhanest Rungsanthia (Sakhon Nakon, Thailand)
  • Mr. Prach Niyomkar (Mann Crafts, Thailand) - With Fruits
  • Ms. Victoria Vijaykumar (Aranya Naturals, Munnar, Kerala) - Indian Contemporary
  • Ms. Linda Labelle

Surface Decoration

  • Mr. Ajit Kumar Das (Kolkata) - Heritage kalamkari painting
  • Ms. Kamaldeep Kaur (Ahmedabad) - Shibori, tie & dye
  • Ms. Monoleena Banerjee (Kolkata) - Soft Edge Resist Dyeing from Japan, Africa
  • Mr. Sufiyan Khatri (Bhuj, Gujrat) - Heritage Ajrakh printing
  • Ms. Victoria Vijaykumar - Indigo vat dyeing demonstration
  • Ms. Linda Labelle - A resist dyeing workshop with great purpose....Learn & Educate.
Victoria Vijaykumar

INDIGO SUTRA WORKSHOPS DETAILS

EXHIBITIONS

Two EXHIBITIONS were curated by Simon Marks and assistant curator Emma Ronald

Neel Sutra

  • Something Old
  • something New
  • something Borrowed
  • something Blue

Indigo has been produced and traded globally for thousands of years, and since the late 18th century nowhere more so than in Bengal.

Exploring its tainted past in Bengal, this exhibition highlighted the current resurgence of Indigo and promoted its viability as a non-exploitatitve commodity that is economically, artistically, socially and commercially sustainable.

Neelambari

A collection of contemporary works celebrating the rich diversity and artistic expressions of Indigo.

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THE GRAND BAZAAR

  • Aavaran Udaipur
  • ALAMWAAR
  • Aranya Naturals
  • ASAL
  • AVANI
  • By Loom
  • TARANGA SHIBAPRIYA
  • DESHAJ
  • Divya Sheth
  • Elan
  • HARIDRA
  • Hind Natural Dyes
  • Indigo Eth
  • INDIGO GUATEMALA
  • JOHN GILLOW
  • JAYPORE
  • Neelgar Kamaldeep Kaur
  • KAPAAS KOLKATA
  • Karomi
  • KASHMIR LOOM
  • LIVING BLUE
  • LOVE FOR THE LOOM
  • Maku
  • Malkha
  • MURA COLLECTIVE
  • NATURALLY ANURADHA
  • MEI RAMEW WEAVES
  • Nirupama Academy
  • PANKAJA SETHI
  • Papri Textiles
  • Parbat Kanji Vankar
  • PAROMITA BANERJEE
  • PEOLI
  • PRACHEEN
  • ROLI BOOKS
  • Royal Brocade
  • RWITVASTRA
  • Saanchi Siddhi Creations
  • SAFI CRAFTS FROM THE HEART OF JORDAN
  • Sasha
  • Shamji Vankar
  • Sidr Craft
  • SIMON MARKS
  • SOHAM DAVE
  • SREE DEVI HANDLOOMS
  • SRI GOVIND ARTS BAGRU
  • SUFIYAN KHATRI
  • VRIKSH
  • WEAVERS AND DESIGNERS
  • WEAVERS STUDIO
  • SUTRA SHOP

TOURS & TRAVEL

Sutra Textile Tour – Main Tour

PHULIA | MAHESHGANJ | KALNA | SANTINIKETAN

PHULIA

DETAILS OF THE TOUR

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

** All tour photographs are courtesy Dr Jenny Balfour Paul. **