Master of Weaves and Textile revivalist, Gaurang Shah was recently in town to exhibit his latest concept ‘Kalpavriksha-The Sacred Tree of Life’ in Kolkata exclusively at his store.
Being a strong advocate of Indian Heritage Textile, Shah took the whole experience of Jamdani art beyond just fashion and took a varied approach to illustrate concept of the Tree of Life in some of the exquisite and complex variety of Indian embroidery – Kantha of Bengal, Zardosi of Hyderabad, Kasuti of Hubli, Marodi of Rajasthan, Chikankari of Lucknow, Kashidakari of Kashmir, Bandhani from Kutch and Parsi Gara from Mumbai.
We played a “Quick 5” with the master designer and here’s what we came to know:
1. What is your favorite amongst all kinds of Jamdani?
Gaurang: Khadi Jamdani
2. What is your favourite form of Indian embroidery?
Gaurang: Parsi Gara
3. The nine yards or the contemporary form of clothing made of Indian art- what is your pick?
Gaurang: Definitely the 9 yards
4. One Indian lady you would love drape?
Gaurang: Rekha (I have draped most of the Indian ladies)
5. Which is your favorite city in India and why?
The sacred Tree of Life is an ultimate symbolic interpretation of the evolutionary unity and source of the various diverse life forms in our universe. It is essentially represented by a large sacred tree, with spread out branches, depicting the vastness of various forms of life, originating from a massive trunk representing the universality of those life forms. The Saris are the allegorical portrayal of Tree Of Life through an opulent collection of Indian Textile in the traditional art of weaving ‘Jamdani’.