National Handloom Day: How a design studio in Bengaluru is reviving the Uppada weave with Rajasthan’s famed pichwai paintings
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National Handloom Day: How a design studio in Bengaluru is reviving the Uppada weave with Rajasthan’s famed pichwai paintings

Despite the vast variety of ways in which wearers can style and inspire sari-wearing in India, the tradition might be at risk due to the decreasing number of weavers in Uppada village. In order to keep this beloved part of Indian culture alive, Madhurya Creations has set off on a project to blend the popular Uppada saris with pichwai paintings.

Uppada saris are known for their signature tapestry weave which intertwines threads to form intricate designs. This weaving technique could take up to days to complete and was deemed nearly impossible to produce during rainy seasons. Madhurya Creations is aiming to save the sari tradition by creating unique designs blending the Uppada saris with the ancient pichwai paintings.

Pichwai paintings, which were invented over 400 years ago in Rajasthan, showcase delicate fashion styles that include motifs of Nature such as cows, lotus flowers, rain clouds, and swans. This painterly approach combined with the deep golds, greens, and reds of the Uppada saris creates an ethereal quality that is both timeless and exquisite. The project was inspired and launched during the pandemic and it can take anywhere from four to six months to finish a single sari.

The work put in by Madhurya Creations to save the fading Uppada sari has gained traction in the Bollywood world, with celebrities such as Alia Bhatt and Atiyya Shetty being spotted wearing their saris. Not only that, but Madhurya Creations is also looking to expand their collaboration with weavers, promoting the weaving of paithani, khadi jamdani, and chanderi along with lighter Uppada saris.

It is clear to see that Madhurya Creations passion and dedication to preserve traditional Indian Culture is unparalleled. Thanks to their efforts, the Uppada sari, and its distinctive weaving technique, will no longer risk being forgotten and will continue to be a forgotten part of Indian culture for generations to come

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