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…

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…

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…

Surrealism, Expressionism and Modernism in furniture

With Independence Day round the corner, we realized that Indian cultural history scales were completely titled towards our oppressors in regards to furniture, specially for homes. From the Persian and European travellers’ journals one comes to know of just a rich and beautiful Vijayanagar state in fourteenth-century, Southern India, having carpenters on their payroll, long…

‘Woven Threads’ from Nagaland

I have been following Woven Threads since a while now on social media and exhibitions. Also conversed with its creative head Kevisedenuo Margaret Zinyu who is from Kohima, Nagaland at Dastkar, Delhi on a few occasions. But each time our conversations steered towards… why we Indians are not wanting to shell out anything more than the price of…

Smocking an antidote on indigenous textiles

Born and brought up in Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, a northern Himalayan state of India, Anjali Bahuguna of Brih is conscious of her surrounding, fragile ecosytem. Having done Bio Medical Engineering, she is into trading medical equipment since the past 12 years. Though in 2014 & 15 she pursued her passion for clothes…

Their mosaic projects

Truly happy to hear that today India stands united with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. Thankfully craft never had any such boundaries to fight over. One such example being Mosaic – starting in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebble mosaics were made in Tiryns in Mycenean Greece while the ones with patterns and pictures became widespread during classical times in Ancient…