Textures of ancient Nalanda

Nalanda was a seat of learning and one of the oldest residential universities in the ancient kingdom of Magadha, established during the Gupta dynasty in the 6th century AD. The Chinese monk Xuanzang said, ‘it was at Nalanda where an azure pool winds around the monasteries, adorned with the full-blown cups of the blue lotus,…

Uppada of the East Godavari

This work was done with the Uppada weavers of the East Godavari region of An cotton dhra Pradesh. These weavers had been working with mill made korean silk.  As one of the design interventions, khadi wefts were introduced to add a new texture to the fabric and make it more sustainable. With the use of…

The excitement of testing new blocks!

Fish/ My favorite. The print has 3 parts ( 3 Blocks) that can be used individually. Each block is carefully handcrafted to show intricate details.  

Patola weaving, Gujarat

  A photo journal of the traditional ikat weaving technique of Gujarat called ‘patola’. I am looking forward to do some work with this community of weavers soon. A dyed warp, ready to be woven Warp on the loom Dyed weft yarn, ready to become bobbins and be woven to match with the weft.  …

Block making and printing

Block printing is another ancient craft of India, practised largely in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Intricate patterns are chiseled onto wooden blocks and stamped onto fabric using either natural or chemical pigment to ge a print in the desired colour. A pigment called ‘khadi’ is used to get an embossed or raised effect. These are some…

Mata ni Pachedi, hand painted with natural dyes

‘Mata ni Pachedi’ or ‘Behind the Mother Goddess” are hand painted mystical stories of the mother Goddess and her different forms. This art form is more than 300 years old and was originally painted on Temple walls. However, due to casteism some people were not allowed inside the temples and they started making their own…

Christmas spirit in Indian natural earth pigments

This is a hand painted Christmas tree, painted with natural pigments by the Mata ni Pachedi craftsmen: Kirit and Usha Chitara. Please refer to the next post for more info on this Kalamkari technique of Gujarat.

Protection of the Indian handloomed

  Many of us signed the petition to stop the Govt. from repealing the Handloom  Reservation act. With regard to the same, posting this response I wrote in 2010, to how important it is to protect the authenticity of the Indian Handwoven Fabric. Please click on the link to read the same: authentic craft  

By the river Rehwa in Maheshwar

A photo account of cotton silk experiments and sampling in a historical temple setting by the river Rehwa. In a small temple town of Madhya Pradesh, the Holkar family has donated the beautiful premises around the Ahilya Temple to support and nurture the traditional talent of weaving maheshwari saris and fabrics. Most importantly they employ…

Khadi wool knits and conscious fashion. Photo by 11.11

Khadi wool fabric developments in Gujarat for 11.11 in 2013. A sustainable & conscious fashion project close to my heart Circular and linear hand machine-knit developments done in Khadi wool at a Khadi Gram Udyog, a little outside of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.  The knitting machines are mainly operated by women who are employed at the Udyog….