Friday 23, Oct 2020, Delhi (India)
Designer Ritu Kumar presented a limited collection of home furnishings inspired by historical textiles in the National Capital Region on the 12th of December 2019 at the South Extension store.
‘Kanaat; a brief history of painted and printed Indian Textiles; an exhibition was presented through historical pieces, archival images and lesser-known narratives around the diverse traditions of hand painting and hand printing on cloth.
'Kanaat’ refers to textile panels which were used to create walls, screens, and tents over centuries in the Indian subcontinent. Historically, many of these were meant for furnishings, interiors, and architecture. They reflected the outstanding genius of Indian dyers, artists, and printers which developed in the Indian subcontinent over centuries.
"It's an introduction to a lot of people who don't even know that these prints and paintings are from our subcontinent," says designer Ritu Kumar to I Knock Fashion.
The latest home furnishing collection exhibited was a reminder of prints and designs that have gained glory in the past as part of various schools and regions which grew and flourished over time from Bengal to Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Many designers from the fashion fraternity namely Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Anupamaa Dayal, Rakesh Thakore and many more were present at the exhibition, awestruck at the amazing collection curated by the designer herself. The scenography and text featured were by Mr. Mayank Mansingh Kaul.
Inside The Store Of Ritu Kumar
On display was the famous Pashmina 'The Kashmiri Shawl', designs from the Mughal Court, Calico Paintings and printing in the East Indies, textile from the Dutch Market and the famous and sacred Tree of Life. The showcase at the Delhi store was a journey of the Mughal and English era. The setup of tents, French bedrooms and sitting areas, it was an experience of revisiting the past.
Designer Ritu Kumar
Designer Ritu Kumar is the most respected in the Indian Fashion fraternity, she began her career in a small village near Calcutta with just 4 block printers. She is also a Padma Shri Awardee (2013) for her exceptional and distinguished work in the field of fashion, textile and craftsmanship. With a background in Art History and Museology, her love for Indian art and textiles can be well noticed through this exhibition.