Sari Draping • Tuesday, July 23, 6 – 9 pm

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Tuesday, July 23, 6 – 9 pm

Gunjan Jain

Join us in welcoming visiting artist-designer Gunjan Jain to Textile Center for a special hands-on demonstration and workshop on Sari Draping. As one of the oldest, and arguably most beautiful, dress forms in the world, the sari has long been worn and appreciated by individuals who love textiles, both inside and outside of the sari’s home country of India.

Learn about the history of saris and the technical aspects of how to drape a sari on the body. Experiment with four different styles of draping to achieve various fashion silhouettes and looks. As an uncut and unstitched garment made from 6 yards of fabric, the sari offers hundreds of styling possibilities for the wearer. Explore how to create your very own sari drape that flatters your body and expresses your personality.

All levels welcome. No previous experience wearing a sari is necessary. Participants are asked to bring a sari to class if they have one or otherwise to bring 6 yards of continuous fabric of their choosing which they would like to drape on their body.

This workshop is made possible through a collaboration with Khazana Art and Textiles, a woman-owned gallery, boutique, and community space in Minneapolis.

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Instructor Bio:

Gunjan Jain (she/her) is a Delhi, India – based textile artist & designer and founder of textile design studio Vriksh Designs. She transitioned from fast fashion to handcrafted textiles in 2008 collaborating directly with weavers and artisans in rural India. Her focus is on reviving dying & lesser known weaves of Odisha state & other parts of India. Known for her innovative work in textiles, Gunjan offers contemporary aesthetics in traditional Indian textiles with the primary focus to further empower the artisans & their livelihood. The Sari has been Gunjan’s choicest medium of expression through her textile journey where she offers design solutions in yarn, texture, colour, pattern, layout and drape to offer a unique identity to her audience. Her saris are an aesthetic delight to a looker and a work of art that hold an heirloom value for generations to come. She has displayed her textile works in India, the United States, Singapore, London, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Australia.

Gunjan has been honored with the UNESCO award for Significant Innovations in Traditional Crafts 2022 in Uzbekistan and Vogue India Fashion Fund’s ‘Designer of the Year 2016’ in the Sari category. Her team of Vriksh weavers has won a record-setting eight National Awards and Odisha State Handloom Awards. Vriksh weavers have also been honoured with the Shanta Prasad Award for Excellence by the Crafts Council of India and the Sutrakar Samman by the Delhi Crafts Council. Apart from Odisha, Gunjan has worked as a freelance designer in several states of India such as Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Rajasthan on design development, skill training and capacity building, collaborating with master artisans on regional handcrafted textiles of block printing, hand embroidery and weaving.

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Withdrawal Policy

Please note that there are no refunds available for this workshop.

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