Convocation ceremonies play a vital function in each graduating pupil’s life, and will probably be extra particular for college students on the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay as they are going to 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. Interested college students on the premier institute should register for the programme beginning this month. They should dedicate 5 hours per week for a month to study the fundamentals of weaving. The convocation scarf or ‘Uttariya’ as they name it in IIT-Bombay will likely be made below the supervision of knowledgeable handloom weaver. Earlier in 2019, one pupil had woven the convocation scarf.
The National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, in Dandi, which was arrange in honour of satyagarhis, who participated in Gandhiji’s march in opposition to the Salt Tax witnessed enormous 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 School of Design at IIT-Bombay in 2019, after the memorial was inaugurated. Over the previous couple of years, college students and college at IIT-Bombay have been launched to spinning and weaving. IDC additionally gives an elective course to college students of design.
However, 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. “Before this, only one student from the IDC School of design had weaved her ‘Uttariya’ out of curiosity,” mentioned Professor Raja Mohanty from the IDC School of Design on the IIT-Bombay.
Now, as this new initiative is launched for college students throughout programs on the IIT-Bombay, the studio on the IDC School of Design is prolonged to a few rooms, every devoted to a unique color of the loom – inexperienced, blue and crimson. These colors signify the diploma the coed 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 School of design expects the quantity to go as much as 100.
“Handloom weaving is not at all an easy process. There are several tasks, especially steps such as bobbin winding and warping, attaching warp yarns on looms all need to be done professionally. Therefore, we have a professional weaver available in the studio as students will not be able to complete the entire process on their own. The convocation scarf is around 1.5-metres long. For a professional weaver, it would take two hours to weave. Whereas we expect registered students to spend 20 hours, spread across a month to complete the project,” mentioned Professor Mohanty.
He added that his colleague Latha Tummuru and Maruthi Rao, knowledgeable weaver from Andhra Pradesh who’s at the moment on campus, are related to this initiative.