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,…

Re- ‘A little added, a little lost’: engineered fabrics

‘Re-’  A hand-woven translation of the theme ‘restoration’  for Akaaro, Delhi.      The collection is inspired by a personal motivation to restore or create  balance, of the past and the present, of the vernacular and the exotic that connect to create a sense of continuity and security. Beautiful natural fibres of cotton and silk in…

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…

A month long craft-escapade in Kutch, Gujarat

A record of my fellowship with the UNBOX Festival anchored by CellDSGN from Jan 2nd until Feb 5th, 2012. I went to Kutch with a curious mind and with every new day I fell more and more in love with the passionate crafts people of kutch, their hospitality and love for sharing their stories. Our…

Ikat in Tope, Orissa

In a remote little village of Orissa called Tope, live the masters of the Ikat (resist-dye) weaving technique. Tulsiji from (Manab Adhikar Seva Samittee (MASS)) is showing us around and brings us to meet Dilip’s family. Dilip’s father is a humble middle aged master weaver.  His wife is very proud to share his achievements and awards…