On the 19th and 20th of January, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy hosted a textile fair called Tana Bana. It was an initiative by the school to support local purpose-driven textile businesses, give them the recognition that they deserve and honour the craftsmen who weave magic on their looms.
Numerous sole entrepreneurs put up stalls for the teachers, students and parents. The business enterprises which set up stalls were - Nascence Pragya Gift Store, NGee, Soumili, Lavanya, and MGGSS as well as the entrepreneurial ventures of a few teachers of the school like Land Of Manjari and Aarna. What was remarkable about some of the exhibitions was their primary goal of making a difference in the world while preserving the integrity of our culture.
Nascence Pragya Gift Store is a venture which turns waste into beautiful and useful as well as affordable items. The founder believes that the business is her true passion and that the profit does not even matter to her. It's just a step she has taken to be the change that she wants to see in the world. NGEE is a 4-year-old business house with an already impressive work force of about 100 people that specialises in activities like patch work and hand print.
NGEE owns unique and bold designs of handloom cloth and continues to give tough competition to the power loom sector. Its uniqueness lies in its designs. Shifting to the teacher-entrepreneur business, Land Of Manjari, is owned by our very own Fashion Studies teacher, Manjari Damani. Her business specialises in beautiful designs in a variety of fabrics like cotton, silk and Bandhej. Her message as the founder is to encourage everyone to promote artisans and the textile industry because that is where our true culture lies.
Amidst the display of varied textiles, there was a presentation by the business MGGSS, about how handloom works and the entire process of making a cloth. There were various looms of different sizes, and an extremely informative presentation on a how a thread turns into a cloth, a difficult procedure indeed. It requires a lot of patience and a lot of skill and it was truly remarkable to witness.
Another teacher owned store worth mentioning is Aarna by Sharmita Bhattacharya. Her objective is to showcase ethnic Indian handloom products, create out of the box designs based on Ajrakh, Bhujodi, Kalamkari with the help of base level artisans who have hard-to-believe skills of producing amazing creations.
Bhujodi saree is created in the remote Kutch area and one of the fabrics used for it is Eri Silk. This silk is available in North Eastern India and is completely handspun. The mesmerizing Bhujodi is world-famous and the story of creating each one is equally fascinating. Aarna highlights such beautiful aspects of Indian textiles with its product line. Businesses like Soumili and Lavanya also deserve recognition for their skilled designs and purpose-driven enterprise. They had different varieties of clothes to offer at an extremely justified and affordable price, each having its own uniqueness.
The entire mela was a treat to the eyes. Parents, teachers, and children were all equally excited to buy the beautiful things on display and support these businesses. It's their support that turned this event into a massive success. This Cyber Fair event was Lakshmipat Singhania Academy’s reverence for the graceful craftsmanship that goes into the weaving of every thread.