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SUTRA Textile Studies is a not for profit society established in Kolkata in 2002, with the objective of raising awareness of our textile heritage through seminars, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, publications and other means, to pave the way for further research, documentation, conservation and development of our textile traditions in order to impact the grassroots level.



9, 10, 11, 12 & November 2017, Kolkata

An international event to celebrate, promote and revive natural indigo

INDIGO SUTRA celebrates Indigo, the world's oldest, most widely used and unique dyestuff, and the only natural blue dye.



ICCR, Kolkata
9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata 700071


Exhibition: 9th to 18th November

Talks, Seminar, Bazaar etc. :
9th to 11th November



SUTRA has organised two international seminars on Natural Dyes.

2010: "RAKSHA: Conservation of Textiles and Textile Traditions"

RAKSHA, meaning 'to protect or save' was primarily about conservation.

There were two components: VRIKSHA ( meaning plants, trees, shrubs ) and VASTRA ( meaning garments )

VRIKSHA focused on ...


Conservation is an integral part of activities of every Museum. Conservation professionals support a Museum's effort to exhibit and interpret collections and preserve them for the enjoyment and education of future generations. Avoiding deterioration by eliminating their cause is more effective in the long run and less expensive than repair. For that reason, preventive conservation that includes climate control and environmental monitoring ...


In 2016, SUTRA initiated documentation of Java batik and other Indonesian textiles in the collection of Nandan Museum, Kala Bhavana at Santiniketan. Rabindranath Tagore had brought Java batiks and other textiles when he visited Java and Bali in 1927. He introduced Batik painting at his university after he returned from Java. Dr Maria Wronska Friend, international expert on Batik, James Cook University, Australia and a speaker at SUTRA's ...


Published Book by Sutra

  • Textiles from India: The Global Trade (2005)
  • Batik Sutra: Tagore, Travels and Textiles (2011)
  • Natural Dyes – Destination India (2014)
  • Ajit Kumar Das – Natural Dye Artist (2014)
  • Colours of Nature – in Fashion (2014)


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