And Now, Ladies, Hampi Silk

Talking about refurbishing the ruins of Hampi, the KSIC has gone one step further in bringing the wonderful Hampi architecture to silk. Reports the Times of India yesterday:
The breathtaking beauty of the stones of Hampi, and the magic of the sculptures at Belur and Halebedu -- brought alive on the drapes of a traditional Mysore silk saree. The latest collection unveiled by Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation on Tuesday showcased designs of city-based Deepika Govind in the 'colour threads from Hampi and Belur' line.

Govind derived her inspiration from the architecture at Hampi, Belur and Halebedu. She designed the collection without tampering with the purity of the silk fabric. The ornaments from sculptures at all the three places translated into beautiful borders and exquisite pallu designs. The colours are largely monotone -- yellows, flaming reds -- with embroidery and interesting combinations.
In a rare display of "more Hampi", we hear minister Shobha Karandalaje making the following welcome remark:
Rural development minister Shobha Karandalaje said the challenge ahead was to take the sarees to an international market. Karnataka supplies 70 per cent of the country's silk requirements. She promised 25 per cent subsidy for power looms for the silk industry.
Indeed, our sarees should go global. Why not? But just as going global does not mean printing the Statue of Liberty instead of architecture from the Virupaksha Devasthana or Mahanavami Dibba, going global does not necessitate hiding Kannada from ad campaigns and websites (as if it's an embarassment to display our language), by doing which the KSIC has earned much of the wrath of Kannadigas.

Photo courtesy: For the full TOI report visit: Weaving Hampi, Belur magic onto sarees.


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