Indigo & Natural Striped Dinesh Vankar Shawl
Our Indigo & Natural Striped Dinesh Vankar Shawl is 100% handspun indigenous cotton with indigo dye, intricate designs and pom poms woven in the village of Bhujodi in Gujarat, India. Dinesh is part of a legacy of handloom weavers in Bhujodi and was trained by his father and elder brothers. As a weaver, Dinesh’s textiles are recognized for their interpretative style that combines traditional motifs with contemporary design woven in fine cotton, silk and wool yarns including desi wool.
He experiments with color, texture, design and high skilled techniques. His specialties range from woolen shawls, stoles, carpets to traditional blankets. Dinesh became a master dyer using his own dyeing vats. His expertise grew with his ability and now the family has more than 12 vats at their atelier. He shares his knowledge with local weavers, design students and designers visiting his village.
His efforts provided direction and inspiration to young artisans who see a world of possibilities by carrying forward their family occupation with pride. He has served at trainer to various young designers from design institutions like NID (National Institute of Design), NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology).
In 1971, his family received a National Award of the weavers’ community of Kutch followed by awards and recognition in 1999, 2005 and 2012. His atelier has 50 artisans, 30 embroiders and 2 tailors.
Hand wash. Line dry.
38.1 x 190.5 cm
15 x 75 inches w/o pompoms