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    Sustainability in the Context of the Indian Handloom Weaver

    Rajgopal, UD (2015) Sustainability in the Context of the Indian Handloom Weaver. In: ITCC 2015 International Textile and Costume Congress and Exhibition': Between Worlds – Innovation and Design in Textiles and Costume', 04 November 2015 - 06 November 2015, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey.


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    What do we mean by the sustainable production of textiles? And what do we mean by cultural heritage? How do these issues relate to the hand loom weaver, his community, his village? This presentation/poster will critically examine these far-reaching questions by taking the case study of the socio-economic, holistic initiative, Five P Venture. Working with hand loom weavers at the grassroots level in the village of Chennimalai, South India, Five P Venture has created an infrastructure which has helped to sustain and develop the core skills of these weavers - learnt by hand and eye over generations - providing them with an infrastructure which connects them with national and international designers to create innovative designs in hand woven fabrics in linen, recycled and organic cotton for today’s global consumer. The ethos of Five P is to ‘Preserve, Promote and Protect our heritage, for our Posterity and our Prosperity. Transforming lives. Transforming villages’.

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