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Exhibition

Anika: Kerala's Kasavu Saris by ANKA

ANKA   |   17 August 2018 - 18 August 2018 | 11 am to 7 pm


ANKA, is a fashion label from Kerala that takes the classic ivory and gold Keralan sari, giving Kasavu weaves a new lease of life. With their new collection, Anka experiments with different weaves to produce lighter, breathable, silk and cotton saris in vibrant pastel shades with the traditional gold and silver zari work.

ANKA works with twenty master weavers and their teams. As the brand grows they aim to provide training to the rest of the community, especially women, so as to create a robust eco system in Balaramapuram and reinstate their former glory as producers of some of the finest textiles. 

Anka is the culmination of Usha Devi Balakrishnan’s lifelong passion for handloom and textiles. She retired from public service in April 2017 after a highly successful and accomplished thirty-five year run.  After her stint as Regional Director of the internationally acclaimed Kudumbashree project (a government initiative that sought to help communities living below the poverty line become financially independent by forming self-help groups) she was inspired to start ANKA. Thus with ANKA, Balakrishnan endeavours to revive and sustain the weaving communities of Balaramapuram. She has also drawn from her experience as Managing Director of the state run, Serifed and most recently KTDFC (Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation) to set up processes that take the design seamlessly through execution and quality control.

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