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“There is a general tendency in India to study a more distant past, instead of the present, be it in the fields of art, literature, fashion or language. I can count on my fingers, the number of publications about fabrics in the independent India era,” says textile historian Mayank Mansingh Kaul, who has curated the exhibition. What makes this show special is that it shines the spotlight on how India has managed to sustain and innovate on processes of hand manufacturing of textiles in the last seven decades. “Unlike the common perception that such traditions are static and bound with strict rules of making and usage, they have been observed to be dynamically influenced by new stimulus — political, social, economic, scientific — and are inspired by emerging cultural developments,” mentions the brochure. Handwoven Sculptural textile by Chandrashekhar Bheda and Mahender Singh, 2014 | Walk through the history of handmade Indian textiles at this exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur New Traditions also steers clear of the conventional ways of perceiving and engaging with textiles. The idea is not to compartmentalize them under fashion or furnishings, but to blur the boundaries. And hence, one can see paintings on cloth, tapestries, sculpture, carpets, rugs, garments, and other forms of expression in fabric coming together under one roof. It helps the viewer not just to look at the journey of the fabric over time, but also at the people who breathe life into it with their unique vocabularies — the master artisans, craftspeople, artists, designers, niche design studios and popular brands. Untitled, Asif Shaikh | 2015, Zardosi, Hand-embroidered using Aath-Masi zari and Beetle Wings on handwoven fabric with peacock feathers | Walk through the history of handmade Indian textiles at this exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur Through this, Kaul makes a compelling statement about the disturbing hierarchies in design. Very often, designers are seen as interventionists for craftspersons or as arbitrators of taste.