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This is one of the finest examples of hand-weaving, made in the early 2000s, a detail of an almost 3 metre long Shikargah brocade designed by textile historian and scholar Rahul Jain. Conventionally, the Shikargah represents scenes of the royal hunt and appears in miniature paintings, carvings, architecture and textiles from the Mughal period. In this version however, Jain replaces the motifs of hunted animals with those of endangered species. Handwoven in Benaras in the last workshop in the world which produces complex brocades such as Samites and Lampas, this work was nominated for the prestigious Jameel Prize 3. Jain's work has been exhibited at the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the National Museum in New Delhi. It is further housed in some of the most important collections of Indian textiles in the world, including the Guimet Museum of Asian Art in Paris. This work is in the collection of Lekha and Ranjan Poddar in New Delhi. One of the most exciting and innovative areas in Indian textiles today is in the realm of hand embroideries. India produces some of the most exquisite work for ateliers and courier houses internationally, while catering to the Indian bridal and occasional wear market.
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