Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Oct 15:
Kabiraj Nayak, a Bomkai weaver from Odisha, was today presented the “Sutrakar Samman” during the annual exhibition “Sarees of India 2015 – Innovating Tradition” organised by non-profit organisation Delhi Crafts Council of India here.
Bollywood actor and BJP MP Kirron Kher inaugurated the three-day event here that showcases a carefully curated collection of handicrafted sarees from across the country.
The recipient of the prestigious annual award—Kabiraj Nayak– is one of the four remaining Bomkai weavers in his village and the only weaver among them who still retains the knowledge and skill of weaving a pure silk Bomkai.
Over the last couple of years, he has been able to revive all the original motifs that a Bomkai sari was once renowned for, like bitter gourd, peacock, parrot, trees, flowers, fishes, pomegranate seeds and lamp stand.
Notably, twenty one participants working with different Indian weaves and printing techniques presented their collections at the exhibition organised at Aga Khan Hall, Bhagwaan Das Road.
The exhibitors include—Aavaran from Udaipur who create a range of prints entirely in natural indigo, Jyothi Reddy who create subtle and intricate Ikat saris in Eri silk and Abdul Rahim Khatri with gorgeous vegetable dyed Ajrakh saris.
The six-yard wonder in interesting textures and new techniques, bright and bold hues have been displayed that flaunts the creations of weavers of West Bengal and contemporary Gadhwal saris are a treat for the sore eyes.
Besides traditional Bandhani saris, Assamese ones with the old traditional motifs of the Mishing tribe in natural dyes and Tussars from Bihar. Venkatagiri silk saris of Andhra Pradesh, Benarasi cotton Jamdanis, and Khadi saris from Maharashtra are also part of the exhibition.
Other exhibitors include: Anuradha Kuli, a weaver from Assam, Pradeep Pillai from Bihar, designers Sarita and Sarika from Bengal, Sunaina Jalan renowned for Banaras sares and Nirmal Bhai known for exciting range of unique Patan Patola sarees.