Ritu Kumar to celebrate a half century in fashion with exhibition

Ritu Kumar, who is now 74 years old, has now had a 50 year long career in the Indian fashion industry and she has co-curated an exhibition to celebrate.

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Kumar has co-curated an exhibition along with the textile designer and historian Mayank Mansingh Kaul. The exhibition includes documentation in various media collected by Kumar over her 50 year long career, one that is still going strong. The exhibition is titled “Crossroads: Textile Journeys with Ritu Kumar” and it is currently running from March 23 to April 5 at the Visual Arts Gallery in New Delhi.

The exhibition is both a celebration of Kumar’s long career and of traditional textiles, which Kumar has long championed. “We are at a crossroads. We have these wonderful weaves and textiles as living forms, they are tangible, we see them, live them every day,” said Kaul at the exhibition. “But we are so close to losing them. The exhibition was just one small way to share that wealth, which is fast depleting. Most cultures of the world have lost their crafts, with majority now only seen in studios and museums; we are very close to that. And if we forget it, we will end up wearing the same high street labels and synthetic fibres.”

Along with the opening of the exhibition, Kumar released the first chapter of her upcoming 15 chapter book on textiles. Each chapter will focus on a different geographical region and its textile tradition and the first chapter is on Uzbekistan. The exhibition, which features textiles, photographs, garments, paintings and fabric printing blocks will not only inspire other creatives but will also help to promote sustainable textiles.

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