The Bagh artisan Abdul Kadar Khatri has bagged UNESCO and World Craft Council award for Excellence for Handicrafts 2018. Khatri was felicitated with the award for the best workmanship of Bagh prints on silk dupatta adorned with traditional colours.
It is to be noted that international craft experts have selected each craft by ensuring the highest level of craft excellence. The World Craft Council and the UNESCO award of Excellence for Handicrafts year 2018 was organized in Qatar.
It is noteworthy that earlier too Khatri was awarded the National Award by the Government of India in 2005, the State Level Award by Madhya Pradesh 1990 and the Art Fund Award in 2015. Abdul Kadar tries new experiments every day in his dyeing printing workshop in Dhar district.
Trying a new experiment Abdul Kadar Khatri gave a new look to the dupatta in Bagh print. Abdul Kadar Khatri and his son Arif Khatri and Mohammad Khatri have brought laurels to the State and country at international platform by showcasing their immense talent in Bagh print art in countries like Germany, Oman, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand. Khatri prepared an action plan on this large scale with the objective of reaching this traditional handicraft of India to the people.
The design used to prepare the sculpted silk scarf is surprisingly beautiful and attractive. An attractive design has been created from each block in this scarf. To make this scarf even more beautiful, this scarf has been prepared while incorporating modernity in many traditional designs including Lehriya design and coconut net.
In this scarf, natural colors were added with complete precision, in which black colour was made of iron and red colour of alum and the colours of the rope and the root are painted with root.