This special collection celebrates the work of Batik artisan Shakil Khatri who creates designs inspired by nature and natural surroundings.
“This hand block printing technique is an inherited tradition of my forefathers. I knew everything there was to know about technique, what I didn’t know was how to think creatively and imaginatively beyond the same bunch of patterns we used since childhood.
My uncle suggested that I join Kala Raksha — I didn’t think I had the capabilities or talent to learn from the calibre of teachers there — I’m happy I went. It was there that I recognised my own talent and potential; saw my gift for painting, and upon my teacher’s insistence, created the same painting in batik and was amazed at the beautiful outcome. Sometimes we don’t know what we are capable of until we are presented with an opportunity to find out.”
— SHAKIL KHATRI, MANAGING PARTNER, RAINBOW TEXTILES & NEEL BATIK