ROPAN – CURATOR – JDADA 2019
“Upcycling turns things into other things, which is like magic.”
—- La Maison de Laurette —-
Designer Bhavana Kamisetti’s, Indian contemporary collection, “Ropan” means healing and was inspired by Reiki Self-Healing Music. In Japanese word “Rei” which means Universal Life and “Ki” means Energy.
Reiki originated in Japan and is a healing technique and is used for spiritual, physical, mental and emotional well-being. The health benefits it offers are reduction in stress, relaxation and elevates the natural healing ability of the body, helps to sleep well and improves overall health. Listening to soothing music seizes the opportunity to turn on its healing mechanisms. Music or sound therapy has been used to treat various disorders such as stress, grief, depression and to diagnose mental health needs. One such example of therapeutic music is Reiki music.
The designer has interpreted self-healing nature of Reiki music by using discarded fibres from textile spinning units and healing it by turning them into yarns for the collection. She used the roving techniques to create yarns by herself before giving it for weaving. Colours of the fabrics created from roving represent the healing colours of Reiki – blue, purple, red, yellow and green. Apart from roving fabrics, chanderi silk, silk linen, khadi, pure silk and tussar silk were used for the collection in colours of white, pastels like grey, purple and khadi brown.
Though roving has been utilized by some designers in their work, it is not widely recognized in India. However, it is practiced in Vavilala village in Telangana.