Convocation ceremonies play a vital position in each graduating scholar’s life, and it will likely be extra particular for college kids on the Indian Institute of Expertise (IIT) Bombay as they may get to weave their convocation scarfs in a handloom. The thought is to maintain India’s wealthy textile custom of handloom alive by introducing the age-old observe to the brand new technology. college students on the premier institute must register for the programme beginning this month. They must dedicate 5 hours per week for a month to be taught the fundamentals of weaving. The convocation scarf or ‘Uttariya’ as they name it in IIT-Bombay can be made underneath the supervision of an expert handloom weaver. Earlier in 2019, one scholar had woven the convocation scarf.
The Nationwide Salt Satyagraha Memorial, in Dandi, which was arrange in honour of satyagarhis, who participated in Gandhiji’s march towards the Salt Tax witnessed large contributions from IIT-Bombay in design and coordination. As Gandhiji practised spinning and took a eager curiosity in handlooms, a weaving studio was arrange on the IDC Faculty of Design at IIT-Bombay in 2019, after the memorial was inaugurated. Over the previous few years, college students and school at IIT-Bombay have been launched to spinning and weaving. IDC additionally affords an elective course to college students of design.
Nevertheless, the plan to take it forward by opening the studio for final-year college students to weave their convocation scarf was placed on maintain because of the pandemic. “Earlier than this, just one scholar from the IDC Faculty of design had weaved her ‘Uttariya’ out of curiosity,” mentioned Professor Raja Mohanty from the IDC Faculty of Design on the IIT-Bombay.
Now, as this new initiative is launched for college kids throughout programs on the IIT-Bombay, the studio on the IDC Faculty of Design is prolonged to a few rooms, every devoted to a special color of the loom – inexperienced, blue and crimson. These colors signify the diploma the scholar goes to get from the IIT Bombay, Undergraduate (UG), Postgraduate (PG) and PhD, respectively.
Fifty college students have already registered for the initiative whereas the IDC Faculty of design expects the quantity to go as much as 100.
“Handloom weaving is in no way a simple course of. There are a number of duties, particularly steps similar to bobbin winding and warping, attaching warp yarns on looms all have to be executed professionally. Subsequently, we have now an expert weaver obtainable within the studio as college students will be unable to finish your entire course of on their very own. The convocation scarf is round 1.5-metres lengthy. For an expert weaver, it will take two hours to weave. Whereas we anticipate registered college students to spend 20 hours, unfold throughout a month to finish the challenge,” mentioned Professor Mohanty.
He added that his colleague Latha Tummuru and Maruthi Rao, an expert weaver from Andhra Pradesh who’s at the moment on campus, are related to this initiative.