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Ikat Sari

2013 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Neeru Kumar emerged in the 1990s as a pioneer in experimenting with woven and textured textiles to create a modern aesthetic for home furnishings and saris. Ikat weaving developed into one of her signature techniques. Today, her brand Tulsi is known for high-quality textiles and has a thriving export market.

This blouse and matching sari is an example Kumar’s fine ikat textiles and the kind of contemporary aesthetic that her brand is known for. The sari is inspired by African art and is a single ikat (weft) weave which has been handwoven by craftsmen from Orissa in Delhi. Two craftsmen specialising in ikat have been with Kumar for fifteen years and while they originate in Orissa, Kumar has centralised all her production to her Delhi workshops where she can interact with them regularly and maintain a high level of quality in the final product.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Sari
  • Sari Blouse Fabric
Materials and Techniques
Silk
Brief Description
Weft-ikat sari with blouse, designed by Neeru Kumar for Tulsi, 2013
Physical Description
This brilliant red-ground silk sari uses contrasting shades of gold and silver in its weft. The pattern has been dyed into the unwoven weft yarn, in a technique called ikat.
Dimensions
  • Length: 6100mm
  • Width: 1050mm
Gallery Label
  • IKAT SARI Designer Neeru Kumar emerged in the 1990s as a pioneer in bringing a contemporary international aesthetic to hand-woven and textured textiles. She collaborates with ikat weavers from Odisha to develop her signature saris. This one is inspired by African colours and patterns. Designed by Neeru Kumar (b. 1953) for Tulsi Weft ikat tied and dyed by Bishwa Meher in Sonepur, Odisha Silk Woven in Delhi, 2013 V&A: IS. 13-2015(03/10/2015-10/01/2016)
Object history
This piece was acquired for the V&A exhibition, The Fabric of India.
Summary
Neeru Kumar emerged in the 1990s as a pioneer in experimenting with woven and textured textiles to create a modern aesthetic for home furnishings and saris. Ikat weaving developed into one of her signature techniques. Today, her brand Tulsi is known for high-quality textiles and has a thriving export market.



This blouse and matching sari is an example Kumar’s fine ikat textiles and the kind of contemporary aesthetic that her brand is known for. The sari is inspired by African art and is a single ikat (weft) weave which has been handwoven by craftsmen from Orissa in Delhi. Two craftsmen specialising in ikat have been with Kumar for fifteen years and while they originate in Orissa, Kumar has centralised all her production to her Delhi workshops where she can interact with them regularly and maintain a high level of quality in the final product.
Bibliographic Reference
Crill, Rosemary, Arts of Asia, vol. 45, no. 5, September - October 2015, "The Fabric of India" Exhibition, p.78, pl. 24.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.13:1,2-2015

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record createdFebruary 17, 2015
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