Jaipur: The third edition of Rajasthan Heritage Week (RHW) will begin in Jaipur on Friday and continue till Sunday. The event will have a line-up of 28 designers and 19 master weavers/craftsmen who will exhibit the new face of the not so humble ‘fabric of freedom’.
The three-day event will showcase internationally-renowned designers such as Bibi Russell, whose immense contribution to the revival of handwoven textiles in her native Bangladesh had inspired chief minister Vasundhara Raje to invite her to Jaipur and replicate her ideas at the grassroots level with local artisans.
The RHW has been essentially conceptualized to promote the heritage textiles of Rajasthan.
“Handmade in Rajasthan’ is a natural corollary to our national ‘Make in India’ project. In Rajasthan, we understand and value heritage textiles and crafts of our unique culture, and we make every effort to promote our artisans and craftsmen who continue a thousand-year-old tradition of beauty and excellence. I will ensure that many such platforms are created all over India and abroad where we will highlight our unique textiles, art and craft. As India moves ahead to become one of the most important nation in the world, we will ensure that this agricultural & artisanal population, from the growers of cotton to the weavers, printers and dyers of Rajasthan are taken forward to prosperity,” said industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, throwing open the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Subodh Agarwal, principal secretary, MSME, and chairman, Rajasthan State Handloom Development Corporation, said, “The chief minister’s vision aims to make Rajasthan khadi popular, fashionable and create a Rajasthan brand that would benefit every single artisan in the state, from weavers, printers, dyers and embroidery specialists to diverse craftsmen in wood, metal, terracotta.”
Choreographed by fashion impresario Prasad Bidapa, the three-day event will bring together designers such as Abraham & Thakore, Wendell Rodricks, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rohit Bal, Raghuvendra Rathore, Rohit Kamra, Ajay Kumar, Rimzim Dadu, Hemant Trevedi and Urvashi Kaur. National award-winning weavers, printers and dyers would also showcase their work.