From Khadi to Urban Designs, the journey of Indian Textile at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

Posted on 05/06/2018 By

An exhibition: panaches of eras

The Indian subcontinent has, over the last seven decades, sustained processes of hand manufacture in textiles which are unparalleled in the world. Whether in the diversity of skills and technologies, vocabularies of patterns and motifs, or the sheer large scale of production capacities, such processes have suggested constant innovation in inherited traditions. Unlike the common perception that such traditions are traditionally static and bound with strict rules of making and usage, they have been observed to be dynamically influenced by new stimulus – political, social, economic, and scientific – and are inspired by emerging cultural developments.

From Khadi to Urban Designs, the journey of Indian Textile at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

From left to right: Detail of an art work on hand-embroidered Bagh textile, by New York based architect and artist Ghiora Aharoni, 2013; Chintz by Bangalore-based artist Renuka Reddy Hand painted, mordant and resist-dyed cotton. Madder, Indigo, Pomegranate, Fermented iron. 2017; Detail of Red-crowned Cranes, Parsi gaya hand-embroidery on a sari by Ashdeen Lilaowala, Festive Collection, 2014

Starting from 20 June 2018, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, (popularly known as JKK), a non-profit arts and culture centre in Jaipur, which endeavours to preserve and promote the various genres of Indian art and culture on an international level is presenting an exhibition which traces an evolution of aesthetics in Indian handmade textiles from the country’s independence In 1947 till now. Reflecting the fields of art, design, fashion and craft, it presents paintings on cloth, tapestries, sculpture, carpets and rugs, saris, garments and other forms of creative expression in fabric. Together, they convey the expected and often unusual journeys in materials and techniques which have shaped the explorations of creative makers, master artisans, craftspeople, artists, designers as well as experimental, niche design studios and popular, well known brands. 

From Khadi to Urban Designs, the journey of Indian Textile at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

Art work in Ajrakh, collaboration between Gurgaon based Shelly Jyoti, and Bhuj-based Juned Ismail Khatri and Sako Bhai, 2013-14. Khadi and natural dyes

The artists and designers in exhibition include

Andrew Ananda Voogel, Aneeth Arora, Amit Aggarwal, Anavila Misra, Ajit Das, Ashdeen Lilaowala, Asif Shaikh, Bashobi Tewari, Berenice Ellena, Bhikari Maharana, Chandrashekhar Bheda, Charu Wadhwa, Ghiora Aharoni, Gunjan Jain, Hashim Mohammad, Jadunath Supakar, Jigisha Patel, Manisha Parekh, Mahender Singh, Manisha Arora, Manuel Bougot, Monika Correa, Nelly Sethna, Paola Manfredi, Prabhakar Barve, Rahul Jain, Rahul Mishra, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Renuka Reddy, Rimzim Dadu, Riten Mazumdar, Ritu Kumar, Sanjay Garg, Shelly Jyoti, Sri Niranjan and Toofan Rafai.

From Khadi to Urban Designs, the journey of Indian Textile at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

Detail of Nebula Short Dress with three-dimensional hand-embroidery design by Rahul Mishra, Spring-Summer 2016 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week

The studios, brands and organisations represented include

  • 11:11,
  • Abraham & Thakore,
  • Akaaro,
  • Anokhi,
  • Avani,
  • Bandhej,
  • Himmatsingka Seide,
  • Khamir
  • Lesage
  • Malkha Marketing Trust
  • The National Institute of Design
  • The Registry of Saris
  • The Weavers Service Centres.

The presented works are additionally drawn from relevant art and textile collections including The Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Ms Lekha & Mr Anupam Poddar, New Delhi; Ms Priya Paul, New Delhi; The Museum of Art & Photography, Bangalore and Dr Monisha Ahmed, Mumbai. Contributing galleries include Nature Morte and Art.Motif in New Delhi and Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai. 

From Khadi to Urban Designs, the journey of Indian Textile at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

Photograph of the Interior of the Capitol Complex by Paris-based artist-photographer Manuel Bougot, Chandigarh, 2011-12. Seen in the background is a tapestry designed by Le Courbusier from the 1950s-60s

The exhibition is curated by Mayank Mansingh Kaul and designed by Reha Sodhi.

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

Preview Dates: 14th to 19th June

Event dates: 20th June to 30th July

Timing: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Holidays: Monday and Public Holiday

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