InKo Centre, in association with Daegu Foundation for Culture, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Daegu City Modern Dance Company and Prakriti Foundation, presents


Ms Alka Arora, Addl. Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles,
Govt. of India, New Delhi

6.00 pm  
23 November  
Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai  

EARTHWISE is an Indo-Korean Natural Dye Exhibition that brings together twenty artists - ten each, from India and Korea, respectively. The exhibition showcases exceptional art and craft works that use natural dyes exclusively. The exhibition curated by Professor Kim Ji-Hee, Director of the Museum of Natural Dye Arts in Daegu, Korea and Ms Anjana Somany, Crafts Council of India, will focus on traditional and contemporary processes including Ajrakh printing, tie and dye, handloom weaving and block printing and will present a representative range of products ranging from Korean mulberry paper, Ramie hemp and cotton cloth including boi-tea, persimmon and indigo dyes, safflower and bamboo charcoal and aal, to name a few.

The exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 7 pm untill 29 November 2009.
A two-day Craft Workshop at Kalakshetra on 28 & 29 November, 2009 will include live demonstrations of natural dyeing techniques from both India and Korea. The Indian artists will demonstrate dyeing techniques using a wide variety of fibres as well as dyes on lacquer and in Ajrakh block printing. The Korean artists will demonstrate the art of painting on composite dyes with indigo and persimmon; the use of safflower and cochineal dyes, batic of indigo dyes and charcoal dyes.