Met Gala 2023’s iconic carpet is from Kerala

Jennifer Lopez on the carpet at the Met Gala 2023

Jennifer Lopez on the carpet on the Met Gala 2023
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“It’s essential that the sharp skinny heels don’t get caught within the weave. The carpet ought to move the stiletto take a look at,” says Santhosh Velayudhan.

Managing Director of Extraweave at Cherthala in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, Santhosh is discussing the wall-to-wall bespoke carpet that his firm made for the Met Gala 2023, which was held in New York on Might 1. As a substitute of the traditional crimson carpet, this yr featured an off-white model made within the unassuming industrial city, offering a becoming canvas for a parade of celebrities who have been honouring the late style legend Karl Lagerfield. 

Extraweave produced final yr’s crimson carpet as properly however selected to stay “low key.“ says Santhosh. “We didn’t wish to publicise it earlier however, this time, we realised that it’s a proud second for our city, for Alappuzha, for Kerala and for India. So we put the information out on social media,” says Sivan Santhosh, director, and son of Santhosh. In 2021, Sivan established Neytt, a design wing of Extraweave.

This yr’s carpet was made with sisal fibre imported from Madagascar and woven utilizing the Boucle weave to supply firmness. The corporate dispatched 58 rolls for a carpet measuring 4 X 30 metres.

They cater to all kinds of consumers. These embody the Taj Accommodations group, CIAL in Kochi, the Roosevelt Centre in New York, in addition to shops like Ikea, Restoration {Hardware}, Ballard Designs and Crate and Barrel. Extraweave did the carpeting at a White Home theme dinner eight years in the past. In addition they design for personal houses in India and overseas.

Sustainable luxurious

A worker at the factory in Cherthala

A employee on the manufacturing facility in Cherthala
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In 2022, the Met Gala organisers determined to modify to utilizing pure fibre as an alternative of a woollen carpet consistent with the theme of sustainability. Extraweave was contacted by their long-standing buyer Fibreworks, and took on the problem of manufacturing an off-white pure fibre carpet. 

Santhosh remembers, “The largest subject with white or shades of white is that there must be no inclusions, like bark. It needs to be executed very meticulously, as there might be no stain at any stage. The fibre is spun and woven and is nearly like silk. The ultimate course of is to make it anti-skid by giving a latex backing.” 

Sivan says that, after it was dispatched, the carpet was labored upon by artists in New York. This yr the theme was Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Magnificence. “So it had an S-shaped serpentine line… the road of magnificence impressed by the English painter William Hogarth. The S curve reveals motion,” he states. 

Tapestry and carpets from pure fibres

Sivan Santhosh and his spouse Nimisha Srinivas arrange Neytt in 2021 to introduce design and artwork parts into carpets, rugs and tapestry. “We create sustainable bespoke areas utilizing unique pure fibres like sea grass, water hyacinth, bamboo silk, linen, actual silk and mohair wool,” says Sivan.

He explains that, together with machine-made rugs and carpets, additionally they create hand-tufted and hand-knotted carpets working with international artists and designers such because the Italian-American Wesley Mancini, Dutch one-line artist Niels Kiene Salventius, Swiss artist/designer Vanessa Meister Varma and designer Mallie Gautreau. A few of their collections, impressed by the Aranmula Kannadi and Vallamkali, pay a tribute to Kerala. “We go deep into the design course of. For the Vallamkali assortment, for instance, we met the rowers of the boats,” says Sivan.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky
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Established in 2000, Extraweave started with two second-hand English looms however these have been quickly changed by Belgian ones. Immediately, the corporate imports fibre — sisal from East Africa, wool from New Zealand and jute from Bangladesh.  Presently it has 25 giant-size fast-moving machines to spin the yarn in quite a lot of weaves.

This household enterprise started as Travancore Mats and Matting arrange in 1917 by Okay. Velayudhan. “We’re carpet makers,” says Santhosh, including, “There are two sides to our enterprise. We ship rolls like we did to Met Gala or we customise it for the shopper.” 

Whereas he was happy to obtain a congratulatory name from Kerala’s Industries Minister P Rajeeve for representing the State on the prestigious venue, Santhosh says the icing on the cake has been the applause from his friends within the coir business. And, from the folks of Cherthala. “That’s actually very particular.” 


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