Met Gala 2023 was made special with a red carpet, crafted in India by Neytt by Extraweave, a Kerala-based company specialising in weaving. This impressive piece of craftsmanship reportedly took two months to create. Its vast size, 6,960 square metres, was made up of 58 rolls, each 30x4 metres. The material used was 100% Sisal and it was woven in Alleppey before being transferred to the US for custom painting. Finally, it graced the Met Gala at its grand unveiling. Know more about the Kerala’s Met Gala 2023 Red Carpet on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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It was an honour for the Indian firm to be chosen to design the carpet for such an esteemed event. Met Gala was a highly-anticipated event in the fashion world, held on May 1st at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Celebrities from around the globe attended the star-studded charity occasion, walking the famous red carpet.
Kerala Design House Takes Over The Red Carpet!
Neytt by Extraweave, a Kerala-based company, crafted this year's Met Gala red carpet. It's not the first time they produced something for the event, having created a sustainable carpet the year before. This time around, they designed a red and blue patterned carpet to compliment the celebration.
The design firm took to its official Instagram page to share its pride in providing carpets for the Met Gala a second year running. Accompanying the post was a photograph of the carpet at the gala.
Hand-Painted Carpet Took 60 Days to Create
It's said to have taken two months to create this massive carpet, measuring 6960 square metres and consisting of 58 rolls each 30x4 metres in size. Made out of 100% Sisal, woven in Alleppey and hand-painted by painters in the US, the custom-designed carpet was eventually laid at the Met Gala.
Raul Avila, the event planner, found inspiration in the sweeping serpentine lines referred to as 'lines of beauty', for a remarkable carpet which incorporated blues and crimsons against a pale background. This design linked up perfectly with the special theme of the year: Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty.
William Hogarth, an influential 18th-century English painter, was renowned for introducing the concept of the Line of Beauty. The aesthetic revolved around S-shaped curved lines, which were deemed to evoke more life and energy than straight or parallel lines associated with inactivity and lifelessness. Raul drew inspiration from this same ideology in crafting his Met Gala piece, having it crafted in India before being individually painted by hand in the US.
Nimisha Srinivas and Sivan Santhosh are the founders of Neytt, a subsidiary of Extraweave, founded in 2021. The parent company has been in existence for 23 years.
Image Credits: Vanity Fair
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