European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 28 1968, Page 15

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - May 28, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePage 16 the stars and stripes abstract Motif gives Oriental rugs new magic. Travelling exhibit of Indian handicrafts featured traditional modern work Sari Clad German girl admires the new look. German artist designed this modern Indian Rug. Art objects and Jewely also were shown at exhibit Art from India modern a soft spoken German Long time Resi Dent of India is out to do Gandhi one better when it comes to reviving the Indian hand weaving Industry. He s making an Effort to modernize the approach to self help by modernizing the rugs and carpets themselves. The Beautiful traditional Indian ear pets unfortunately Don t Appeal to mod Ern homeowners notes William hese. They Don t fit into Ultra modern with this in mind hese contacted leading German and american artists and had them come up with original de signs to be translated into modern car pets by Indian craftsmen. The results of his efforts rugs and carpets that Are masterpieces of 20th Century design besides being examples of timeless workmanship Are being sex i a. Carpets habited in Germany and sold both in Europe and the . The Indian Art of weaving goes Back to the 16th and 17th centuries and was brought to the country from Persia by the Mogul princes. No expense was spared in making of those first rugs for the Royal courts. Cost was quite ignored and it was t uncommon for carpets to be turned out with 8,000 to 12,000 knots to an Inch and for craftsmen to spend years in completing just one carpet. A Tilk shawl featured at the exhibit took 25 years to Complete another Large Rug in traditional Motif took five men one year to fashion. Today according to hese 50 million indians derive their livelihood from the textile Industry but while potentially the productive capacity of India is enormous in this Lin the Large population Access to raw Cotton and silk As Well As Wool and Low wag scale should make it the world Leader sociological factors have held it Back. Since the Days of Mahatma Gandhi hand weaving has been a Symbol of res a photos by Ted Rohde Bellion against the domination of the British Empire. So the government has made it a definite policy to freeze installation of Tex tile weaving machinery to protect la hand loom Industry. Unfortunately however the scattered individual craftsmen Are not up on a intricacies of Selling on the or Market. Mary

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