Designer Gaurang Shah’s “Kalpavriksha- The Sacred Tree of Life” Showcased

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Textile revivalist designer Gaurang Shah exhibited his latest concept ‘Kalpavriksha-The Sacred Tree of Life’ exclusively at his store in Kolkata.

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. Some of them include 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.


Commenting on the occasion, Gaurang Shah said, “India is slowly losing out on traditional handloom textile which is being replaced by machine made textiles. It has been my utmost mission to try and revive the traditional Indian weaves. It is my homage to an age-old craft”.

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’.

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