Ikat is an intricate, century-old craft in which the warp and weft of the yarn are tied and dyed before being set on the loom to be woven.
In association with the National Films Division Corporation (NFDC), Morcrafts showcased the lives and works of traditional weavers. The ten-day event opened with the screening of Susman, a film based on the life of Ramulu, a master-weaver from Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh. A panel discussion was held after the screening at which both the director, Shyam Benegal, and Ramulu himself, were present.
Many who attended the event, were moved by the stories they saw and heard. It made them value the Ikat products they already owned, and created a deeper appreciation for garments that were also on display from all over the country.