Chennai: In an attempt to sensitise people about the advantages of clothes extracted from natural fibre, the director of Gandhi Memorial Centre from United States has personally
visited the handloom mill at Anakaputhur, which is famous for innovative ways of making natural fabric.
The centre’s director, Carrie Trybulec, was surprised when she learnt that cloth dyes can be made using Lantana Camara, Naaval Pazham (blackberries), bamboo stem, jute, aloe vera and turmeric.
“Having been so accustomed on technology, it is so heartening to see products made with hands. But what astonishes me is the fact that dyes can be extracted from natural ingredients,” Carrie added.
Promoting this tradition to the world is so essential at the time when pollution levels are escalating, she pointed out, assuring that she would share the knowledge in the memorial centre.
Plans are also afoot to display the products in the gallery of the memorial centre. President of Anakaputhur Weavers Association C. Sekar said his passion for nature made him discover new ways of fabric making.
“Almost 25 natural ingredients were tried. When all the requisite colours are in nature, why rely on artificial dyes?” he questioned.
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