After the initial exhibition titled ‘Khadi – The fabric of freedom’ in 2002-2003, the original sponsors Volkart Foundation on the recommendation of Martand Singh handed over the exhibition for its promotion & development of fabrics to Rta Kapur Chishti & her team including Rahul Jain & Pallavi Verma.
Taanbaan label was initiated in 2010 to support and sustain hand spinning and hand-weaving of organically cultivated indigenous cotton and silks.
The Taanbaan range includes saris, dupattas, scarves and home furnishings distinguished by their unique texture, a contemporary rendering of traditional skills.
Taanbaan aims to continue the revival and regeneration of the ancient Indian craft of hand spinning and hand weaving.
OUR PASSIONATE TEAM MEMBERS
Taanbaan was initiated by RTA KAPUR CHISHTI, who is a recognized textile scholar, co-author and editor of the ‘Saris of India’ volumes on the previously published ‘Saris of India’ volumes on Madhya Pradesh, Bihar & West Bengal as well as ‘Handcrafted Indian Textiles -Tradition and Beyond’. She has been a contributing author to several other publications. As a writer and translator, she has written of the life and work of craftsmen and scripted for films and exhibitions. She has been consistently involved with research and development of handspun-handloom textiles. She is founder of the “Sari School” which produces saris & organizes workshops & private classes for those who wish to learn the wonders of this unstitched garment & make it more relevant to their lives today
Creative:- Pallavi Verma, a textile graduate from Apeejay Institute of Design, New Delhi has been working as a designer with Rta Kapur Chishti for the past 9 years. She has also assisted in the compilation of the final compendium volume titled 'Saris - Tradition and Beyond'.
She has also been trained in design and pattern making of garments from NIFT and LCF London.