Harnessing and developing the talent of tribal people: Textiles and crafts marketed by Bangalore’s government emporiums – Karnataka

The Hindu, Bangalore, January 16, 2013

The culture of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and tribes from across the country come alive through three stores here in Koramangala: Tribes India, Gurjari and Mrignayanee are three government emporiums in the Koramangala BDA Complex that sell traditional design-based textiles and crafts. Together, they provide Bangaloreans with a variety of designs, patterns and texture in clothing and other craft items.
Opened in 2008, Tribes India supplies hand-woven and embroidered clothes, metal craft items, jewellery, paintings, novelties, pottery items, and several organic products made by adivasis. “We provide the raw materials and designs to work on, but the talent comes from the tribal people,” explains Shrinivas Shanke, the manager of the store.
While people from the Agaria, Lohar, Ghadwa, Malar and Swarankar tribes produce the metal handicrafts, tribes from north-eastern states and Andhra Pradesh supply clothing such as shawls, bed and cushion covers, dupattas and sarees. […]
Tribes India and Mrignayanee get professionals from the National Institute of Fashion Technology to trains artisans in upcoming trends. “Most of these people wish to stick to their traditional way of crafting. We try to inspire them to adapt to new and challenging trends,” says K. Nandanan, store manager of Mrignayanee. […]
Exhibitions based on specific themes such as bagh or dabu prints and theva jewellery are organised every two or three months. “Artisans who are registered with the organisation can showcase their products, provided the rates are similar to the ones we provide,” explains Nandanan.
Gurjari, on the other hand, has stuck to products made with traditional Gujarat craftsmanship. Traditional dress forms of Gujarat, sarees, shawls, bed covers, wood and metal furniture, ceramics, bamboo and bead crafted gift items are a few of the products available here. “The basic tradition followed in these crafts has remained. Certain changes in colour and design patterns are made as the trend demands,” says Ravindra Nayak, manager of Gurjari. […]

Source: Here’s a hotspot for handicrafts – The Hindu
Address : http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/heres-a-hotspot-for-handicrafts/article4312136.ece
Date Visited: Fri Jun 28 2013 16:17:40 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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