The Tussar Pageant, Chennai, will characteristic handloom home Kausheyam


Vinod Kabra of Hyderabad-based label Kausheyam, collaborates with clusters of weavers, discovering methods to persuade their kids to uphold custom, and make money working from home

Vinod Kabra has spent a long time working with weavers throughout India.

On this time, he has seen kids of weavers go away their expert household enterprise and transfer to greater cities seeking greener pastures.

“This was the scene earlier. The kids noticed the older weavers being exploited. Regardless of working lengthy hours, what have been they incomes? This prompted the youthful era to go away,” says Vinod who began Kausheyam, a label synonymous with weaves, artisanal printing on handwoven saris, and pure materials.

However with issues enhancing within the handloom sector over the past seven years, Kabra has managed to persuade plenty of kids, within the clusters he works with, to remain again and work with their households. “Now they’re completely happy. The earnings is nice they usually get to make money working from home,” he says over a name from Hyderabad the place Kausheyam is now situated.

The Tussar Festival, Chennai, will feature handloom house Kausheyam

Over the approaching weekend, the model will showcase a set of its tussar, and mercerised silk cotton saris at Silkworm Boutique within the metropolis. Supplies with ajrakh prints and kalamkari can be on show too.

The start

Vinod began working with looms in 1988 in Raigarh (now in Chattisgarh), when he launched MV Handlooms. Shortly, he had 100 looms in and across the State. By 2000, to achieve publicity he relocated to Hyderabad. He works with clusters in Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha, Benaras, Chanderi, Srikakulam, and Maheshwari creating tussar blends, cotton blends, Benarasi cotton, khadi, and jamdani weaves. Kausheyam now has 450 looms throughout India.

There’s a distinction in cloth woven in several states, even when the yarn supplied is similar, says Priyamvad Kabra who joined his father Vinod in 1998. “For instance, a tussar from Bengal will really feel totally different from a tussar woven in Chattisgarh, because the states have totally different warping course of,” he says.

Experiments are all the time on with fibre and design and the weavers are ever able to attempt one thing new, says Vinod. That explains the khadi shorts. “Individuals can’t think about shorts being fabricated from handloom materials,” says Priyamvad. “They should perceive that handloom materials usually are not one thing you put on only for weddings or festivals. That mindset wants to vary.”

The Tussar Pageant is on from November 19 to 21, on the Silkworm Boutique, Khader Nawaz Khan Street, Nungambakkam.