TEXTILE ARTS OF GUJARAT from The Mangaldas Family Collection
co-curated by Oroon Das and Meena Rajput
Galleries 01 and 02 are to be viewed as a sourcebook of textile crafts available in Gujarat to inspire contemporary design, offering a window into the many people and places that these textiles come from. The number(s) on exhibit panels in these galleries correspond to the relevant audio stories on this page. And the panel below each story takes you to the related books in the Bookstore as well as associated merchandise in the Heirloom Shop.
Ajrakh is a traditional block printing technique that can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilisation.
Bandhani is a resist dyeing process by tying the fabric to create myriad patterns and textures
Embroidery signifies the identity of every pastoral community, known for its distinct style and vocabulary.
A form of carpet-weaving customised for the nomadic, itinerant lifestyle of the desert.
This painted and block-printed rectangular cloth served as a mobile shrine for those who were barred entry into temples.
Originating in West Asia, this ingenious interweave of cotton and silk is today signature of Kutch.
Venetian beads imported through ancient trade routes created this craft of stringing beads without using a fabric base.
Having traveled down perhaps from Central Asia, Namda is a felting technique, predating weaving or knitting.
Prepared over months or even years, the wedding shawl is a virtuoso’s display of the finest ornamentation.
Both the warp and weft of the fine silk Patola is created by tie-dyeing each yarn as per the final woven fabric.
Decorative girths used by Jat and Rabari camel herders made using a complex split-ply technique are rare collectors' items.
Dazzling textile Torans are believed to be endowed with powers to protect those within their bounds.