Telangana, like every part of India, treasures its indigenous handicrafts with deep rooted talent and creativity. The progressive government of Telangana supports and helps the crafts flourish through beautifully set up centers in the state. My love for handicrafts and the desire to nudge the roots of new crafts took me to the little village of Pochampally in the heart of Telangana.
The fresh air of the countryside, shaded patches of greenery and humbled little buildings perched across a huge plot created the campus which transformed bare cotton and silk yarn into colorful masterpieces of fabric.
Every little step of fabrication left our jaw dropping just a bit lower as we were awestruck by the amount of detailing and intense concentration that every step required. The joining of the threads, the creation of the design, the hand weaving and the intricate motif creating was done with flawless confidence by these un hailed heroes of the craft. Travelling 90 kms for their daily work, battling with physical challenges, yet creating with a smile and confidence of a true artist- each one of these workers are master craftsmen.
This is the story of IKAT – the beautiful handwoven fabric art of Telangana.
My FUNiture story salutes these crafts and these master craftsmen.
We are hard at work to create beautiful products where we can include this beautiful craft and bring it into the lives of little children who one day may be able to understand the deep meaning behind the creations- meanwhile they can continue to have FUN with them!
Thank you Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary of Telangana, for your guidance.