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Embroidery from Craft to Art
The Craft Heritage of the Mochis of Kutch, Gujarat
Embroidery is a traditional handicraft of India practised by skilled artisans. Today, the finest embroidery pieces find a place of pride in museum collections. The book The Shoemaker’s Stitch: Mochi Embroideries of Gujarat in the TAPI Collection by Shilpa Shah and Rosemary Crill showcases some examples of the Mochi community’s craft. Apart from the communities that traditionally practised embroidery, nowadays new skilled artisans have also entered the trade.
In this session Rosemary Crill and Asif Shaikh will be in conversation with Radhi Parekh. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
In collaboration with Niyogi Books
Rosemary Crill was formerly Senior Curator for South Asia at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for 36 years. Specialising in Indian textiles and painting, she has published and lectured extensively in both areas. Her books include Indian Embroidery, Marwar Painting, Indian Ikat Textiles, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West and The Fabric of India, which accompanied a major exhibition at the V&A in 2015-16. Her latest book, co-authored with Shilpa Shah, is The Shoemaker’s Stitch: Mochi Embroideries of Gujarat in the TAPI Collection (2022).
Asif Shaikh is a trained interior designer and an embroidery and textile expert. He is known for his knowledge, aesthetics and detailing, as well as for producing quality handcrafted textiles. Shaikh is the founder of CDS Art Foundation, a movement that aims to take Indian handcrafted textiles to the world stage alongside global brands, situating artisans at the centre of the endeavour. Asif has also mentored various artisans and crafts people all over the country.
Radhi Parekh is the Founder Director of ARTISANS’ and a graduate in Visual Communications from the National Institute of Design (NID), India.
Parekh’s career spans two decades, three continents, and multiple technologies – from illustrating children’s books at Usborne Publishing, London, to designing multimedia games in San Francisco and creating user-centred design at Oracle and eBay/PayPal. In 2011 she founded ARTISANS’, a social enterprise in Mumbai.