In a vibrant display of color and craftsmanship, ten esteemed artists breathe fresh vitality into the endangered art of Kashmiri Pashmina. Their online exhibition titled “The Grand Pashmina Ehsaas” showcase places the traditional art of Pashmina at its forefront, advocating for the acknowledgment of karigars and weavers, diverting attention from the typical narratives that have centered on Kashmir during tumultuous times. It champions our pride in cultural heritage, aligning with the ‘Make in India’ ethos, spotlighting the nation’s historic cultural significance on the global stage. The acclaimed artists transcend the stereotypes of yesteryears, redefining contemporary fashion and evoking a sense of regality. Their collective strides forward mark a defining moment in modern Indian expression, bearing the weight of tradition and culture with grace as they illuminate India’s finest artistic prowess.
Esteemed figures like Prof. Niren Sengupta, Shridhar Iyer, Niladri Paul, and others converge digitally, celebrating the exquisite craft and rich heritage of Kashmiri Pashmina. Manisha Gawade, the driving force behind this endeavor, expresses her sentiment, emphasizing the urgency to protect Pashmina from vanishing. She invites all to partake in this vibrant exhibition, promising a physical manifestation in the months ahead.
Ehsaas, originating in 2012 from Manisha and the late Dr. Alka Raghuvanshi’s vision, champions countless artists, bridging diverse art forms under one banner. Its significant contributions include pioneering wearable art installations, reinforcing its position as a beacon of artistic innovation.
Pashmina, referred to as the “soft gold” of textiles, embodies a heritage as rich as its texture. Derived from Changthangi goats’ fleece in Ladakh, its legacy dates to the 15th century, flourishing under Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin’s patronage. Recognized by UNESCO, Kashmiri Pashmina narrates a vibrant history through intricate stitches and motifs, reflecting the region’s diverse cultural influences.
“The Grand Pashmina Ehsaas” embodies a celebration of cultural resilience, encapsulating a legacy that beckons safeguarding for generations to come.