Kolkata designer Amalin Datta is going places. Having launched his label a couple of months back, he was invited last month by the Kuwait Textile Arts Association (KTAA) to Middle East country, where he spoke on Indian textiles. Amalin was appreciated for his experimental designs and what’s more, most of his creations were sold out within two hours! He also showcased Banaras brocades, Baluchari, Kalamkari and Patola silk to highlight India’s rich textile heritage.“The record of ancient and medieval Indian textiles exists mostly in literature and sculpture. The Rig Veda refers to weaving in ancient times. The Ramayana refers to the rich costumes worn by the aristocracy on the one hand and the simple clothes worn by the commoners. Murals and sculptures belonging to ancient times also bear testimony to the great tradition of textiles in India. The traditional motifs, patterns, designs and the old techniques of weaving are still used by contemporary Indian weavers,” Amalin shared with the dignitaries present, including the royal princess of Kuwait, Sheikha Altaf Salem Al Ali Al Sabah.