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Exhibition of a collection by ANKA.

July 24, 2017

Exhibition of a collection by ANKA at Kamalini, the craft store
by Crafts Council of Karnataka.

Anka is a contemporary retelling of the traditional cream and gold weaves of Kerala. They experiment with texture and pattern to position the timeless in a dynamic new market. Their muse is – modern Kerala which is serene, yet vibrant. Kerala has been long associated with a simple elegance that Anka has embraced in their design.

With a workforce of over hundred and fifty, Anka is an endeavour to revive and sustain the weaving communities of Balaramapuram. A self-taught designer, Usha Devi has a mastery over texture and pattern that posits the timeless in a dynamic new market.

Anka is the culmination of Usha Devi Balakrishnan’s lifelong passion for handloom and textiles. She retired from public service in April 2017 after a highly successful and accomplished thirty-five year run. After her stint as Regional Director of the internationally acclaimed Kudumbashree project (a government initiative that sought to help communities living below the poverty line become financially independent by forming self-help groups) she was inspired to start Anka. It is an effort to revive and sustain the weaving communities of Balaramapuram. Usha has also drawn from her experience as Managing Director of the state run, Serifed and most recently KTDFC (Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation) to set up processes that take the design seamlessly through execution and quality control.

Kamalini the craft store This craft store was started way back in 2006 to show case the products developed by the council in liaison with the local craftspersons. The main objective of the store is to provide a platform for the artisan to display and thereby sell their products. The crafts of Karnataka like. Chennapatna toys and lifestyle items, ganjifa art , stone ware from halebeedu , kinhale wood products , bidri ware, brassware,puppets and chittara art were the main focus. The store also support products of artisans from other states like kondapalli crafts, Kalamkari and leather puppets from andhra, chettinad baskets from Tamilnadu, bamboo baskets from Assam, metal crafts from Jaipur and UP and various life. Style accessories from all over India .

28th and 29th July 2017 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM | Sunday Holiday

Kamalini, the craft store
# 37, Sri Bhooma,
17th Cross, Malleshwaram,

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