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30 Mar 2019 6 Apr 2019



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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The textiles presented here were commissioned for a series of exhibitions Khadi – The Fabric of Freedom between 2001-2002, curated by the late Martand Singh. These exhibitions were developed within a broader set of initiatives involving textile experts Rahul Jain, Rita Kapur Chishti and Rakesh Thakore, and included a study of the many cultures and technologies of cotton cultivation in India. Evoking reflections on its near and far histories, they further raised questions about the relevance of handspun and handwoven cotton fabric, qualities of which remain unique to the Indian subcontinent even today. 

Almost two decades later, what does such cloth mean to us? How does it inform the aesthetics of our everyday life? And what is its place in the world? Against the background of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year – whose Call for Khadi led the Indian freedom movement – it may be time for us to ask about the legacy of his ideas for non-violence, ahimsa. To explore the relationship between Khadi and the changing values of the country. And perhaps, to think about the ways in which innovation in handmade textiles, continues to define an ethos for Indian as well as international contemporary art and design.

The first iteration of Meanings, Metaphor – Handspun & Handwoven in the 21st Century was presented in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh in November 2018 and in Coimbatore in January 2019.

List of Events

Daily Curatorial Walkthroughs at 6:00 PM

11:00AM – 1:00PMTalk
Main Auditorium
The Khamir Story
Redefining a culture from handspun wool
to handspun cotton
Mr Ghatit Laheru –  Director – Khamir  
Mr Prakash Naran Vankar – Award-winning natural dyer
11:00AM – 1:00PMWorkshop
Conference Room 1
Experimental Weaving
Using materials such as yarn, banana fibre, paper
Ms Pragati Mathur – Textile Artist & Consultant,
Special Projects – The Registry of Sarees
(Registration Fee – INR 1850)
3:30PM – 5:30PMTalk
Main Auditorium
The Khamir Story
Redefining a culture from handspun wool
to handspun cotton
Mr Ghatit Laheru – Director – Khamir
Mr Prakash Naran Vankar – Award-winning Natural dyer
6:00PM –
Main Auditorium
A Frayed History – The Journey of Cotton in India
Ms Meena Menon – Writer & Journalist
7:00PM –
Film Screening
Main Auditorium
‘Neeli Raag’
Ms Swati Dandekar – Film-maker
11:00AM – 1:00PMLecture & Demonstration
Main Auditorium
The Art and Skill of Hand-spinning
Mr P.N. Satish –  Founder of Kora
5:30PM – 6:30PMPresentation
Conference Room 1
Handspun Yarn & Natural Dyed Textiles
of the 19th Century

Dr Bessie Cecil – Textile Scholar
6:00PM – 6:45PMConversation
Main Auditorium
Collecting Textiles – A Personal Journey
Ms Lekha Poddar –  Founder Devi Art Foundation
with Mr Amit Jain –  Head of Exhibitions,
Museum of Art and Photography
7:00PM – 7:45PMConversation
Main Auditorium
The Need for Independent Cultural Spaces
Ms Malvika Singh – Publisher & Author
with Mr Mayank Mansingh Kaul – Curator