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,…

Bangalore-moodboarded & screen printed with love

I poured my heart into this project, because it was my last one in the lovely city of Bangalore. It involved making mood-boards, printing on paper I made from scratch, working with maps, water colours converted to screen prints and ofcourse making this summer dress! Mood boards made with loved objects that my room-mates and…

Beddings, stylised customised and comfotable

Bed Furnishings designed for Khazana, a luxury furniture store in Ahmedabad & Bombay in collaboration with Anek Taanka and Shibani Shetty. Quilting, folding and embroidery. Quilting, Embroidery and patchwork Quilting, machine embroidery, pleating Machine embroidery, Stitch lines and Quilting

Capacity building through Craft

In the months of August and September in 2015, I conducted a training session with Samvedana. This was a workshop women to create income-generating opportunities using textiles. The existing skill set was basic hand and machine stitching. The middle aged women stitched ‘godris’or quilts with old fabric. Some women knew basic embroidery and applique.  The…

The old Indian game of ‘Chopar’, all jazzed up

  A contemporary version of  the traditional Indian game of ‘Chopar’, made with raw silk and mushroo fabric. As the game originates from the Rajasthan region of India, a famous textile technique of ‘gota-patti’ work was used to embellish it with some chain stitch embroidery, all made by hand. This foldable game was made as…

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…

Textile textures

Artworks and techniques for interior spaces: Machine stitched lines Ari work on a khaat with resham yarn. Hand and machine stitching, chord work, folding. Fabric manipulation: Folding, applique, handstiching, tone on tone Sewing machine quilting Pitta work

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…