Care 4 Chendamangalam, which works with weavers in Kerala, brings the eponymous GI-tagged sari for a fund-raiser exhibition to Bengaluru
In the first week of June, the monsoon begins its dark, moody romance with Kerala; sharp showers slam the sodden ground like iridescent sheets of gunfire. It turns the coastal State an unnatural shade of green, a landscape of red earth and pouring rain.
Chendamangalam is a small town near Ernakulam that stands at the crossroads of three rivers and centuries of history and culture. Dotted with Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu places of worship, the town was part of the ancient port complex of Muziris and known for its fine cotton spun here by the Devanga Chettiars, a community of weavers originally from Karnataka.
When the rivers ran riot during the Kerala floods of 2018, they not only threw sludge and mildew on the looms, yarns and finished…