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,…

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.  

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…

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…

Spreading some textile love

A tie&dye and shibori workshop in Alwar, Rajasthan last weekend, in a beautiful space called ‘The Old house’- a cosy bungalow open for social and cultural interactions. Here are some exciting results and happy participants! I loved engaging with this enthusiastic bunch and made lovely friends! We did adaptations of Nui Shibori, Itijame Shibori and…

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…