Desi Oon, a Four-Day Exhibition Celebrating the Indigenous Wool of Kutch

Khamir Desi Oon Four Day Exhibition Celebrating Indigenous Wool Kutch Bikaner House India Gate Stills

Entry: Free for visitors, workshops need registration and fee

Venue: Bikaner House, Pandara Road​, India Gate, New Delhi-110003
Venue Info: Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Khan Market(Violet Line)'

Event Description: Khamir presents Desi Oon, a four-day exhibition celebrating the indigenous wool of Kutch

Khamir -  is a platform for preserving and facilitating the crafts, heritage, and cultural ecology of the Kachchh region of Gujarat. It was instituted in the aftermath of the 2001 earthquake with the objective of engagement and development of Kachchh's rich creative industries. 

With Desi Oon, Khamir will take you on an extraordinarily intriguing journey of sheep pastoralism, and seeks to familiarise you with the local craft of spinning, weaving and dyeing wool. It is a rare opportunity to interact with some of Kutch’s most respected artisans and herders, from whom you can learn about the intricacies of wool craft and herding. Khamir has collaborated with weavers, spinners, dyers, felters and designers to organize this exhibition, the first step in a series of events planned by Khamir to put the spotlight on the utility of indigenous wool to urban consumer markets. This exhibit will be free for all visitors. Some of Kutch’s most respected artisans and herders will also be in attendance at the exhibition and visitors will have an opportunity to interact with them on the intricacies of craft and herding.  

The exhibition will be an immersive experience with visual narratives in film, images, and exquisitely crafted textiles narrating the story of the indigenous wool of Kutch. Khamir will also hold daily craft workshops, the participation registration for which will be on a first come first serve basis for a subsidized fee. Workshops will be conducted on Desi Retiya (charkha) and there will be a Takli/Dhera(Spindle)  spinning demo. Besides, a Felting demo and workshop, and a Kutchchi embroidery workshop with wool has also been planned for the event. These will be complemented by demonstrations of Tangaliya weaving and Tabariya bag-craft. 

“We are grateful to the Centre for Pastoralism (CfP), Asian Heritage Foundation and H T Parekh Foundation for making this exhibition possible. All exhibited products undergo value addition and wool treatment facilitated by Khamir. Khamir is hopeful that the story of wool and sensitively designed woollen products will help sway consumer preferences in favour of indigenous woollen items in their households and closet,” says Paresh Mangaliya, Deputy Director Khamir
The integrity of craft value chains is dependent on the local availability of raw materials. Sheepherding systems are of special importance for the wool craft. Such systems are also special because of their low carbon footprints. They are invaluable in arid regions such as Kachch. They are also a source of food, raw materials for crafters, and fertilizers for farmers and continue to conserve complex ecosystems. 

You can witness the works of local artisan weavers and felters alongside Khamir-initiated designer collections. The exhibition will be inaugurated by a group of eminent civil society members, artisans and herders from regions across India. Designers Archana Shah of Bandhej and Amit and Richard of Amrich Designs will also be presenting their collections. All these will be Limited Edition collections that will be presented for market reaction. The wool for Desi Oon has been developed from indigenous Kutchi sheep yarn and has been painstakingly procured from eight herders.

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Desi Oon, a Four-Day Exhibition Celebrating the Indigenous Wool of Kutch Desi Oon, a Four-Day Exhibition Celebrating the Indigenous Wool of Kutch Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Monday, January 13, 2020 Rating: 5

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