june 06 programmes

thursday 8th june to saturday 10th june
10.00 am - 6.30 pm 'Jewellery Exhibition' by the Graduating Students of The Jewellery Design Institute

India, through history has been a treasure trove of various precious stones and Indian Jewellery has not remained just craft but evolved into an art - both in design and workmanship.

Many institutes have introduced jewellery education, the pioneer being JPDC, New Delhi. It is the educational project of The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council sponsored by Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. Not only does the institute educate the students technically but also gives them an opportunity to understand the aesthetics of Jewellery Design courses designed here in JPDC are essentially for the ambitious, creative and determined career seeking students.

JPDC thus aims to create a world class professional manpower Indian Jewellery sector.

As a final step leading into their career, the students at the Jewellery Engineering level are introduced to industry related techniques through various projects - lathe operation, electroforming having already completed courses in advanced jewellery casting and specialized stone setting.. A six week internship in a reputed jewellery company under the guidance of the institute leads to a deeper understanding of the industrial set up. The main focus of all the projects, lies in visualizing contemporary design and maintaining international quality standards.

This exhibition displays the jewellery of the following graduating students :

My designs are based on different concepts which makes me more enthusiastic to put them into jewellery pieces. My designs are simple but the new techniques involved in their production add on to the beauty of the pieces. AZAD SHARMA.

Jewellery has always fascinated me in each and every aspect. My insight and passion for jewellery have been a source of inspiration for my designs. I love to play with diamonds and coloured stones. My designs are always free flowing and very colourful. They reflect simplicity and elegance which are part of feminine beauty. BHARTI KUMAR

Jewellery as the creation of art has changed the perspective towards the jewel art. As a jewellery designer and a Jewel Smith today I have the creativity of enhancing the real spark of a jewel piece. Today with knowledge and understanding I possess, I would do the best in rising high in this sparkling world. KANIKA JAIN

Technical understanding has enhanced my creativity as a designer and smith. That’s how I discovered how to channelize inspirations and communicate ideas to make jewellery that is appealing and practical. KANISHAK CHAJJLANI

I always wanted to go for something that includes creativity but is simultaneously exciting. Jewellery has always been fascinating to me . Jewellery manufacturing served my purpose and made my dreams come true. Learning different techniques of manufacturing helped me to homologate my ideation in a practical and ravishing way. Everything that seemed Magical now seems an art to me. NEHA SHARMA

Call it jewellery designing or imagination on fire. Being a jewel smith, it helps one to tap his/her potential for creative thinking and adds depth to ones observing and analytical ability. Creativity coupled with technical knowledge gives me the confidence to take on any challenge in this world of gemstones and jewellery. PRIYANKA JAIN

june 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 28th & 30th
7.00 to 8.00 pm '8 Yoga Classes' by Rajika Mehta (spiritually Vani)

Vani teaches in these 8 classes the Shivananda style of Hatha yoga. This consists of the Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun), neck rolls, eye exercises and the 12 basic yoga postures of this style. Pranayanam (breathing exercises) will also be taught along with basic relaxation techniques and postures. To learn more about the benefits and the postures go to http://www.theatticdelhi.org/yoga

Rajika has been practicing this style of yoga for 7 years and is a certified teacher. She teaches at various schools, embassies and other venues around Delhi and also does private classes and workshops. She follows a yogic way of life that includes a vegetarian diet, meditation, asana, relaxation techniques, pranayam and satsang. Rajika has experienced the tremendous benefits of yoga practice first hand, leading to enhanced levels of health and well being. Her vision is to share and transmit this valuable and life giving practice with as many people as possible.
Charges: Rs 1600 for all 8 classes. Cheques payable to Amarjit Bhagwant Singh Charitable Trust. Call Sunil 23746050 to register. Max size of class 10 (min.5).


The Shop has been associated with modern designs and prints since its inception in 1970. In 1975 it set up its own printing workshop under the guidance of Riten Mojumdar in a garage in Sujan Singh Park. Since then The Shop now has a full fledged design and printing factory in Noida. The retail shop Regal Buildings has had over the years the best collection of vegetable prints from Bagru, Balotra and Barmer in Rajasthan, Ikat dyed fabrics from the village of Koyalagudem and Kalamkaris from Machilipatnam in Andhra and the Bagh prints from Madhya Pradesh. The Shop remains committed to the promotion and sale of vegetable printed and natural dyed textiles.

thursday 15th june
7.00 pm' "Some Aspects of Natural Dyeing in India" Inauguration & Talk' by Professor Gulrajani (Head of Department of Natural Dyeing IIT Delhi)

Professor Gulrajani is a Fellow of Society of Dyers & Colourists (U.K.) and an Honorary Fellow of Textile Association (India). He's a member of the high power committee for Sericulture Industry, Member Advisory Committee of National Information Center of Textiles & Allied Services, RND Director of Alps Industries and World Bank Consultant on Silk Development Project in Bangladesh. He has guided more than 70 students for Phd and M Tech degrees, published over120 research papers, edited 24 books and has an Indian patent on the production of natural dyes that has been put to commercial use.

saturday 17th june
10 am to 1 pm 'Indigo Dyeing Workshop' by Ismail Khatri

Indigo is the blue dye derived from crushing & composting the indigo plant. The dye is sold in the form of a "cake" and traditionally fabrics are dyed through a living natural fermentation process which "reduces" the Indigo in a vat changing the colour from yellow to green to blue after exposure to air.
An Indigo vat can easily be kept at home and the only ingredients required are the indigo cake, soda ash, wheat bran and "madder" an enzyme that creates the fermentation and deoxidizes the indigo. Learn this easy process and dye your own shirts and chunnis.
Dr. Ismail Mohammed Khatri comes from a famous family of vegetable dyers and printers. About 400 years ago, in the time of Rao Bharmalji I, the khatri community who comprise the chippas or printers are believed to have migrated from Larkana, Sindh to Ajrakpur, Bhuj. Larkana was famous for its ajarakh prints, (and the Bhutto family). Ismail bhai is the ninth generation of the khatri family, pioneering natural dyes. He and his brothers have set up workshops to revive the age old vegetable prints. He is a National Awardee for excellence in traditional textile dyeing and printing. Learn from a real master. He is coming all the way from Bhuj to teach this workshop.

Charges Rs 400. All materials provided including fabric and dyeing kit. Cheques payable toThe Shop. Contact Lima 95120 2420682 for registration.

saturday 24th june
10 am to 1 pm 'How to Dye with Tea Leaves & Haldi (turmeric)' by Lima Das

The colour derived from soaking fabric in hot tea (no milk & sugar) is second only to the taste of the tea. The natural soft beige colour on soft cotton fabric can only be imagined by those who buy exquisite clothing. And the beautiful sheen of a haldi dyed fabric is not something you can buy anywhere.

However the colours need to be fixed before trying it at home. Attend this workshop and learn the art of natural dyeing.

Lima is a final year student from NID, specialized in natural dyeing Her enthusiasm to revive this art into a contemporary fashion mould has taken her to Jaipur to learn dyeing techniques and to Bhubaneshwar, Orissa to meet B.C. Mohanty the pioneer of natural dyeing in India. Professor Gulrajini is her guide in her current project experimenting with the tea and haldi colours that she will be demonstrating and teaching in this workshop.

Charges Rs 300. All materials provided including fabric and dyeing kit. Cheques payable to The Shop. Contact Lima 95120 2420682 for registration.