INDIGO SUTRA, KOLKATA, NOVEMBER 2017: CONFERENCE REPORT – TAASA Review June 2018
Christina Sumner I ndigo Sutra was the fifth conference organised by Sutra Textile Studies in Kolkata, an intensive, informative and altogether glorious celebration of everything to do with natural indigo and its exciting contemporary revival.
The program included an intensive two-day seminar titled Gandhi: a Tribute Through Resurgence on 9 and 10 November, two days of hands-on workshops on the 11th and 12th, two exhibitions, the Grand Bazaar (or shoppers’ blue heaven), excursions to nearby textile producing regions, outings to institutions in the city itself, an indigo auction and organised social events. Neel Sutra exhibition: installation of indigo dyed and patterned cotton.
Photo: Christina Sumner The timing of Indigo Sutra was significant as 2017 marked the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s first satyagraha (politicallymotivated passive resistance) in Champaran, Bihar in support of its indigo farmers...