Ikat above all others
She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and became that archetypal housewife with two tinytots in tow. And then, she took stock of things. Her interest and passion for natural fibres steered her into the world of textiles. As one thing led to another, the craft-based fashion label and the designer herself became alter egos of each other. As she steps into her 30th year in the profession, Madhu Jain talks about weavers, ikat and the sojourn this far with Meher Castelino
Fibre2Fashion: You are celebrating 29 years in the profession. How have you survived for three decades?
Fibre2Fashion: How did you start off? And, why did you choose textile designing?
Fibre2Fashion: As a designer what are the hurdles that you still face?
Fibre2Fashion: Which has been your most successful collection in the 29 years?
Fibre2Fashion: How often do you bring out a collection with different weaves? Which will be the next?
Fibre2Fashion: Which are your favourite weaves that you have enjoyed working with?
Fibre2Fashion: Which is more interesting for you- making saris, or turning the fabrics into garments?
Fibre2Fashion: Ikat thrives across many nations. How different is the ikat in India as compared to that in Indonesia or some other countries, or for that matter what is practised in Southern India and Odisha or Gujarat?
Fibre2Fashion: What is the aftercare for ikat weaves that you would recommend?
Fibre2Fashion: What are the other weaves besides ikat that you have worked with?
Fibre2Fashion: But, how knowledgeable is the Indian buyer about the various weaves in India, and about ikat?
Fibre2Fashion: So, can westernwear make deeper inroads into Indian fashion, and push traditional weaves away?
Fibre2Fashion: With more women going in for westernwear, how do you see the future of traditional Indian dresses?
Fibre2Fashion: On an overall note, how do you see the future of traditional crafts in India?
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