Chettinad crafts revived and redefined
Beautifully woven fabric in vibrant shades.
THE M. RM. Rm. Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organisation working towards research, documentation and revival of languishing crafts, textiles, and architecture. It is the aim of the foundation to empower local craft communities. Set up in 2000, by Visalakshi Ramaswamy, the foundation has thus far achieved wonders in the revival of Chettinad crafts, weaving, and architectural restoration. Traditional craftspersons are trained to adapt themselves to change, and become economically independent. Young members of the craft community are helped by the foundation to finish their schooling.
`Kottans'... plaited in attractive patterns.
The `kottan' project was started in Keelayapatti, an agrarian village in south Tamilnadu, to revive the art of palm leaf basketry, thus providing supplementary income to the women there. These kottans are plaited in bright colours and designs, and have become attractive gift packaging products, as well as useful containers, and stylish coin purses. The outstanding Athangudi handmade floor tiles too have been documented, and help and encouragement provided to effectively market these in major cities. Ten architects have volunteered to help with the research and documentation of the 100-year old M.Rm. house in Kaanadukathan, Chettinad. The family home displays life style objects and textiles - chiefly traditional Chettinad saris. The foundation has undertaken to actively design, produce and market these saris, woven beautifully in a combination of pure silk and cotton. Current fashion needs are met by dupattas. The colours are true to time - vibrant reds, orange, yellows, deep greens and blues. Stripes, checks, huge borders, Ganga Jamuna borders are available under the `kandangi' label. For details contact 24321082 or email: email@example.com
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