THE KUNBI TRIBE
For Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2011
The Wendell Rodricks Kunbi Tribe collection for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week is the fruit of many years of research and a catalyst to revive the art of Kunbi weaving in the state of Goa. Marginalised by main stream society, denounced to the lowest rung of the caste ladder and used today for dancing entertainment, the Kunbis deserve to be addressed as the original inhabitants of the land.
Since July 2009, Wendell Rodricks has begun a grassroot campaign to revive the Kunbi sari in a designer avtaar. Sourcing weavers and looms was a daunting task. The collection is a result of many months of labour and has resulted in a fabulous collection of ethnicity and moderning. Expertly mixing cotton and silk, woven and knitted textures, the Wendell Rodricks Kunbi Tribe collection is a celebration of revivalism. Goa finally takes it’s place along the other celebrated saris of India with this path breaking, tribal empowering collection.