PARALLEL TAANBAAN ACTIVITIES
The Sari School:
The sari supports the livelihood of a million weavers, dyers and more. Contemporary aspiration and the forces of globalization offer an energizing challenge. As an extension of Taanbaan, ‘The Sari School’ was set up in 2009 to promote the usage, understanding, survival & recreation of the unstitched garment.
Organized by appointment with AV:
Sari Dance Theatre
In collaboration with The Daksha Sheth Dance Company/Taanbaan has developed a dance theater production titled ‘Sari’, a tribute to the process of turning by hand, raw material into a wondrous woven unstitched garment. With live music especially composed by Devisaro & choreographed by Daksha Sheth for a one & half hour performance culminating in the sari’s transformation from a two dimensional woven fabric to a three dimensional draped garment in accordance with select wearing styles. In India it has had shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata as well as abroad in Sydney, Paris, London, Brussels at times accompanied by an exhibition & workshops by Taanbaan. There have also been shows with recorded music & shorter versions of ‘Sari’ at several other venues by hosts which include corporate houses, banks & other organizations, governmental & non-governmental.
Border & Fall
Taanbaan as advisors collaborated with Border & Fall for the making of 82 short films on sari wearing styles directed by Bon Duke in New York, now available on youtube. Taanbaan also trained the models & loaned select saris from its collection for the films. This youtube project is an attempt to widen the outreach & to help interested individuals & groups to access more easily the sari wearing styles with its unlimited variations.
Taanbaan has organized exhibitions of hand-spun/ hand-woven textiles along with workshops on request from sponsors including educational institutions, stores and corporate houses for their specific clientele.
We were invited to participate in Europalia which was a European Union Exhibition sponsored by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in India and the European Union Headquarters in Belgium. It comprised of 36 saris especially commissioned from 7 states in India which were representative of the finest that could be produced at that time in various techniques of hand-spinning hand-weaving. Half of these exhibits represented the classical tradition and the other half a contemporary exploration in the same technique.
Sari workshops were also held in an adjoining space for those who wished to participate and know more about this magical unstitched garment and what made it the base of the hand-weaving textile industry in the country.
It was widely appreciated and has traveled to Spain & other European countries as well as South Africa, Cyprus, Jordan & is still in circulation as part of the ICCR programs in various parts of the world.