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

 

Ajrakh is a traditional block printing technique that can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilisation.

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BANDHANI

 

Bandhani is a resist dyeing process by tying the fabric to create myriad patterns and textures

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EMBROIDERY

 

Embroidery signifies the identity of every pastoral community, known for its distinct style and vocabulary.

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KHARAD

 

A form of carpet-weaving customised for the nomadic, itinerant lifestyle of the desert.

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MATA-NI-PACHHEDI

 

This painted and block-printed rectangular cloth served as a mobile shrine for those who were barred entry into temples.

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MASHRU

 

Originating in West Asia, this ingenious interweave of cotton and silk is today signature of Kutch.

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MOTI BHARAT

 

Venetian beads imported through ancient trade routes created this craft of stringing  beads without using a fabric base.

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NAMDA

 

Having traveled down perhaps from Central Asia, Namda is a felting technique, predating weaving or knitting.

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ODHNI

Prepared over months or even years, the wedding shawl is a virtuoso’s display of the finest ornamentation.

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PATOLA IKAT

 

Both the warp and weft of the fine silk Patola is created by tie-dyeing each yarn as per the final woven fabric.

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TANG

 

Decorative girths used by Jat and Rabari camel herders made using a complex split-ply technique are rare collectors' items.

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TORAN

 

Dazzling textile Torans are believed to be endowed with powers to protect those within their bounds.

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