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Review: Threads That Weave the World

Review: Threads That Weave the World

Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob share a passion for textiles and the associated crafts of weaving, dyeing, embroidery, bead work and needlepoint, and the Friends of Te Papa were privileged to be given an in-depth tour of an amazing, colourful collection, beautifully displayed in the Thistle Hall, Cuba Street.

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Handmade with the heart

Handmade with the heart

In their third presentation, ‘Old is New’, in the Friends’ Indian Textiles series, Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob took us on a visual extravaganza looking at how traditional embroidery techniques, crafts and textiles are being honoured and kept alive in a globalised world.

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Indian Textiles: Sari to Sarong

Indian Textiles: Sari to Sarong

Second of Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob Textile Talks at Te Papa, timed to coincide with the WoW festival. We were to learn the many intricacies of the renowned and centuries-old Ikat weaving that is practised in India, much of South East Asia, Japan and other countries.

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Textiles Tour of India – 2019

Textiles Tour of India – 2019

A farm to fashion textiles tour which goes off the beaten track to meet master artisans at work and showcase the best in the traditional textiles industry covering the West, Central and Eastern regions of India.

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Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian Fashion: Old is NewIndian designers are embracing the traditional handloom weaves, tie and dye, block-printing, embroidery, metalwork and other embellishing techniques to create fashion that not only honours the rich heritage but also delivers to the modern...

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Sari to Sarong

Sari to Sarong

Sari To SarongDiscover the ancient art of Ikat dyeing and weaving. The Ikat textile was once used to symbolize wealth and prestige. It is now a popular fashion trend with celebrities and hipsters alike thanks to the work of various designers. This page is dedicated to...

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Andrew & Robyn Middleton

Andrew & Robyn Middleton

Kapiti Coast, New Zealand“No amount of stopping, wandering roadside to observe the wildlife and plants, was ever too much trouble for our guide and driver.…”Bhutan has been on our radar for a long time. As we are usually independent grassroots travellers it was...

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Why Chanel chose us?

Why Chanel chose us?

Chanel Chose UsTo design, plan and organise their New Delhi May 2019 seminarWhy Chanel chose us" To be honest I had sent emails to a lot of companies, but I had a really good feeling with you. You were responding quickly to my requests and understood right away what...

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South Indian Festival of Lights

South Indian Festival of Lights

Traditional This video is just a glimpse of a fantastic experience at one of the temple festivals of Kerala, in South India. Karthigai Deepam festival coincides with the full moon day in the month of Karthikai (Nov-Dec).I have tried to capture the essence of the...

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Rhino calf – Very rare

Rhino calf – Very rare

Rhino ConservationJamuna, the mother along with her calf at Manas National Park on 25th July 2013. Jamuna is among the three hand raised female rhinos translocated to Manas National Park from CWRC, which gave birth a baby, a success story of rhino translocation in...

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Demoiselle cranes of Khichan

Demoiselle cranes of Khichan

Winter MigrationEvery year, as winter creeps in, the demoiselle cranes come to Kinchan. This hamlet (also called Khichan), in West Rajasthan, is their chosen retreat from the cold of distant Siberia. They come with graceful flapping wings, eagerly crowding into the...

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