We’re excited about sharing our creations with the world! You’ll often find us in textile exhibitions and symposia all over India and abroad. Come visit our stalls and learn more about the Aranya story.

Exhibitions

National

  • Paramparik Karigar Exhibition and Sale; 1998, 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Dakshinachitra Exhibition Madras Craft Foundation, Chennai, December 2000
  • Heimtextil India International Trade Fair, Mumbai, October 2005
  • International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes, Hyderabad, November 2006
  • Srishti World Disabled Day Exhibition, Kurinji Outlet, Munnar, December 2006
  • Sutra: Raksha Seminar, Kolkata, February 2010
  • 100 Hands Exhibition, Bangalore, November 2010
  • 100 Hands Exhibition at Bangalore from 23rd to 27th Nov 2011.
  • Paramparik Karigar Exhibition at Mumbai from 11th to 15th Sep 2012
  • ISEND – WEFT 2012 at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 27th to 3rd Oct 2012
  • WCC – Kaivalam International summit 2012” cum exhibition at Chennai from 5th to 14th Oct 2012.
  • Hundred hands” exhibition cum sale at Bangalore from 31st Oct to 4th Nov 2012.
  • Hundred hands” exhibition cum sale at Cochin from 6th to 9th Dec 2012.
  • UPASI Symposium at Coimbatore from 12th to 15th Dec 2012
  • World Eco Fiber and Textile (WEFT) art symposium cum exhibition at SOAS university of London from 18th and 19th Jan 2013.
  • Paramparik Karigar Exhibition at Mumbai from 3rd to 7th Sep 2013.
  • Hundred hands exhibition at Bangalore from 27th to 30th Nov 2013.
  • Hundred hands exhibition at Cochin from 20th to 22nd Dec 2013
  • Paramparik Karigar exhibition at Mumbai from 14th to 18th Jan 2014.
  • Paramparik Karigar exhibition at Mumbai from 19th to 23rd Aug 2014
  • Hundred hands exhibition at Bangalore from 3rd to 7th Dec 2014.
  • Design one exhibition, Mumbai from 22nd and 23rd Sep 2015.
  • Saree Festival (Red Earth), Mumbai from 4th and 5th NOV 2015.
  • Selvedge Winter Fair 2015, London from 3rd to 5th Dec 2015.
  • Paramparik Karigar exhibition at Mumbai from 19th to 22nd Aug 2016.
  • Hundred hands exhibition at Bangalore from 30th Nov to 4th Dec 2016.
  • Starbucks exhibition at Fort store Mumbai from 1st to 5th Feb 2017.
  • International Festival of Plants, Ecology and Colours” (IFPECO) cum exhibition at Antananarivo, Madagascar from 13th to 23rd May 2017.  
  • Paramparik Karigar Exhibition at Mumbai from 10th to 13th Aug 2017.
  • Lakme Fashion Week Winter 2017 (Fashion show cum exhibition) from 16th to 20th Aug 2017.
  • Indigo Sutra conference cum exhibition at Kolkata from 9th to 11th Nov 2017.
  • Hundred hands exhibition at Bangalore from 29th Nov to 3rd Dec 2017.
  • 11 ISS (11th International Shibori Symposium cum exhibition at Japan from 25th to 3rd July 2018.

International

  • Ninth Biennial Symposium Textile Society of America; Oakland, California, USA, October 2004
  • Festival of quilts, Birmingham, UK, August 2006
  • Indian Trade Promotion ABC Home, New York, USA, March 2007
  • 30th WCC Asia Pacific General Assembly and Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand, September 2007
  • Shibori Symposium, Textile Centre of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, June 2008
  • Knitting and Stitching Show 2008, Alexandra Palace, London, UK, June 2008

Seminars and Workshops

Because our artisans are always pushing themselves to learn more, they regularly attend seminars and workshops to further their knowledge.

In India

  • Weaving and dyeing workshop, Auroville, Pondicherry 1998
  • Neeli Rangu Seminar, Vallur, Andhra Pradesh, August 2008
  • Training Program, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, Bangalore, March 2002
  • Sutra Conference, Kolkata, October 2003
  • International Symposium and Workshop on Natural Dyes, Hyderabad, 2006
  • Culture of Indigo – Exploring the Asian Panorama Plant, Product, Power – India International Centre, New Delhi, November 2007
  • Bengal Natural Dyeing Workshop, Maiwa Foundation Fulia, Kolkata, January 2011
  • Attended the “Kaivalam” international summit 2012 at Chennai from 7th to 10th Oct 2012. This is organized by World Craft Council.
  • Attended the “Hand Block Printing Artifacts and Techniques” and also visit the handmade paper unit at Sanganer, Jaipur from 6th to 11th April 2013.
  • Attended the “Sutra – Conference” at Kolkata, India from 14th to 17th Feb 2014.
  • Attended the “Indigo Sutra Conference” at Kolkata, India from 9th to 12th Nov 2017.
  • Attended the “NIFT International conference Rediscovering Culture Transforming Fashion” at New Delhi from 31st Jan to 2nd Feb 2018.
  • Attended a meeting with “Mr.Gildo Zegna, Chief Executive officer of Ermenegildo Zegna Group” on 9th Dec 2017. It is the world’s largest Italian luxury menswear brand at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

And around the world

  • Revival of Natural Indigo WCC, Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 1998
  • Ninth Biennale Symposium, Textile Society of America, Oakland, California, USA, October 2004
  • Chemicals vs Natural Dyes panel, 30th WCC Asia Pacific General Assembly and Exhibition, Bangkok Thailand, September 2007
  • Shibori Symposium, Textile Centre of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, June 2008
  • Textile Workshop on Natural Dyeing, Puglia, Italy, June 2010
  • Isend 2011 International Symposium and Exhibition, La Rochelle, France, April 2011
  • Attended the “WCC – APR Natural dye programme” – “Training of Trainer workshop” at Dhaka, Bangladesh from 8th to 14th Sep 2012.
  • Attended the “ISEND – WEFT 2012” at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 27th to 3rd Oct 2012.
  • Attended the “World Eco Fiber and Textile (WEFT) art symposium cum exhibition at SOAS university of London from 18th and 19th Jan 2013.
  • Attended the “Shibori workshop at Arimatsu Japan with Slow Fibre Studio group” headed by Mrs. Yoshiko Wada from 17th to 22nd May 2013.
  • Attended the “International Forum on Natural Dyes & WEFT Taiwan 2014” organized by NTCRI (National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute), Taiwan from 14th to 16th Oct 2014.
  • Attend the “9ISS (9th International Shibori Symposium) cum exhibition at the China National Silk Museum organized by World Shibori Network” headed by Mrs. Yoshiko Wada from 27th Oct to 9th Nov 2014.
  • Attended the “Selvedge Winter fair 2015 exhibition at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London” from 3rd and 4th Dec 2015.
  • Attended the “International Festival of Plants, Ecology and Colours” (IFPECO) at Antananarivo, Madagascar from 13th to 23rd May 2017.
  • Attended the “11ISS (11th International Shibori Symposium cum exhibition)” at Japan from 25th June 2018 to 3rd July 2018.

We also share what we’ve learned on our journey with natural dyes by organising symposia at our own Srishti Centre in Munnar, so that other practitioners, fashion technology students, and textile enthusiasts can be a part of revitalising this fading art.

Papers and Demonstrations

We’ve presented papers and conduct live demonstrations to share our knowledge of the art of making natural dyes.

Papers 

  • ‘Colours and Common Weeds’ – Convention on Natural Dyes at IIT Delhi, December 1999
  • ‘Quantity Dyeing’ – Search for Perfection in Natural Dyeing conference, Dastkar Andhra, Chinnur, Andhra Pradesh, February 2000.
  • ‘Looking Beyond with Confidence’ – Isend 2011 International Symposium and Exhibition, La Rochelle, France
  • Presented a paper on “Empowering the Challenged” on 1st Oct 2012 at “ISEND – WEFT 2012” Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Presented a paper on “Colour from Nature Tea Waste and Indigo” at Sutra conference, Kolkata from 14th to 17th Feb 2014.
  • Presented a paper on “We had a dream” on 15th Oct 2014 at “International Forum on Natural Dyes & WEFT Taiwan 2014” organized by NTCRI (National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute), Taiwan.
  • Presented a paper on “20 Years of Journey of Aranya Natural” (Welfare project for challenged young people through Natural Dyeing” on 3rd Nov 2014 at 9th International Shibori Symposium at the China National Silk Museum organized by World Shibori Network headed by Mrs. Yoshiko Wada from 27th Oct to 9th Nov 2014.
  • Presented a paper on “Natural Colours from Common Plants” on 18th May 2017 at “International Festival of Plants, Ecology and Colours” (IFPECO) at Antananarivo, Madagascar.
  • Presented a paper on “NATURAL INDIGO DYEING AND RESIST TECHNIQUES” on 10th Nov 2017 at Indigo Sutra conference at Kolkata from 9th to 12th Nov 2017.

Dyeing Demonstrations

  • ‘Natural Dye with Tea’ – International Ikat Weaving Forum; Malaysia, June 1999
  • ‘Natural Dyeing Process with Tea’ – World Eco-fibre and Textile Forum; Malaysia, September 2001
  • Dyeing demonstrations at the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, Bangalore, March 2002
  • Dyeing demonstration  – International Symposium/Workshop on Natural Dyes; Hyderabad, November 2006
  • Natural dyeing demonstration – American Museum of Natural History; New York, March 2007
  • ‘Natural Dyeing Process with Tea’ – Festival of Quilts; Birmingham, August, 2007
  • Dyeing demonstration – Gateway to India Program at ABC Carpet & Home Stores; New York, February 2007
  • ‘Natural Indigo Dyeing Demonstration’ with Mr. Axel Becker of Norway – Isend 2011 International Symposium and Exhibition; La Rochelle, France, April 2011
  • Attended the “WCC – APR Natural dye programme – “Training of Trainer workshop” at Dhaka, Bangladesh from 8th to 14th Sep 2012 to demonstrate Natural dyeing.
  • Natural dyeing with “Tea waste” demonstration at the “ISEND – WEFT 2012” at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 27th Sep to 3rd Oct 2012.
  • Natural dyeing with “Indigo and Tea waste” dyeing demonstration at the Sutra Conference, Kolkata from 14th to 17th Feb 2014.
  • “Natural Indigo dyeing” demonstration at Indigo Sutra Conference, Kolkata from 9th to 12th Nov 2017.