Its literally taking ‘generations’ to revive a near extinct textile

Few weeks ago I attended a symposium by Craft Revival Trust titled ‘After the Nawabs’  highlighting Himroo which could well be a textile of a bygone era. Textile aficionados who missed it could actually pick up Radhika Singh’s book ‘Suraiya Hasan Bose:Weaving a legacy’ about a legendary weaver in her mid-eighties. I sat there mesmerized…

Contemporary mughal art from across the border

Pakistani artist, Syed Muhammad Khayyam Shah‘s miniature mughal paintings are different. We choose to speak to the 28 year old whose artworks are done with natural pigments. like his faded faces accentuating beautiful textiles of a bygone era.  

Rajas, Nawabs and Firangees

It is showing unseen historic archives of French mercenaries serving Indian rulers during the latter half of 18th and first five decades of the 19th century (1750-1850). The treasures are vignettes of Indian court life, representations of French travellers, and sacred texts in the form of rare manuscripts and paintings. Taken from the  archives of…

Evoking nostalgia of the world slipping through our hands

While writing this piece the dreary sky outside my window spoke of our constant abuse  of natural resources leading to global warming. This imminent green sunny deficiency has led me to appreciate young individuals like Jisha Unnikrishnan whose black and white, pen and ink artworks of nature evoke a sense of nostalgia; a world which…

Understanding life through art

Going by the “Hurun Indian Luxury Consumer Survey 2019” the high-net-worth Indian’s most preferred personal investments are real estate and stock market. I’m happily shocked that lower down the line ‘Art’ too has managed to hold its own under collectibles despite such uncertain times.

Contemporary Himalayan wear

Pema Khando is a fashion designer whose line of clothes is retailed at Mapcha – a concept store in Manju-Ka-Tilla, Delhi’s only Tibetan refugee colony. While grabbing a bite together at Ama Thakali (a Nepalese restaurant in the vicinity owned by her brother) the 43 year old filled me in with her life, influences and but ofcourse…

Handloom is neither cheap nor imperfect

“We work for that day when the word ‘handloom’ connotes neither cheap…nor imperfect…nor does it bring to mind visions of poor artisans with underfed children. We look forward to that day when ‘hand-loom’ is associated with pride and joy…and rightfully acknowledged as the very backbone of our culture and heritage.” – Karomi Crafts Kona Collection…

Botanical paintings leading to conservation awareness

Climate change or climate crisis means the same but many prefer to choose the first option for a softer and more positive approach. We get scared of being shown the mirror. Recently at a Sarita Handa (New Delhi’s upmarket concept store known for its most luxurious upholstery fabric in India) event I was blown away…

Silk, Gold and Silver from Benaras: The City of Lights

PRA – KASHI: Silk, Gold & Silver from the City of Light National Museum, New Delhi 10th September – 8th October 2019 Minakari Panel “Pra – Kashi: Silk, Gold & Silver from the City of Light” is an exhibition of textiles showcasing the finest traditions of contemporary handwoven weaves done on traditional Indian drawlooms over the…

Speaking of a minimalist artist’s heart

“At times I sit with my paper drawing a flower, a leaf or a delicate thorn for hours on end, lovingly, tenderly holding them close to myself, building upon them by using layers and layers of colour. As I enter into their subtlest zones I fall upon memories and imaginative reverie, experiencing my environs, times…