In Frame - Hatch I Sumi Ink On Paper I ' You ask the embryo why he or she stays cooped up in the dark with eyes closed. Listen to the answer. There is no "other" world. I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating. ' - from ' Wean Yourself ' by Rumi
In Frame - Offspring I Sumi Ink On Paper
Embryo Sari One I The base of the sari is handwoven in cotton-by-cotton muslin with soft muted zari in intermittent stripes. The stripes pause for a length on the frontal side & that space serves as the backdrop of the artworks.
Embryo Sari Two
Both the Embryo saris are two-ways wearable & here it's worn the other way. While the frontal side of the sari, in intermittent stripes, has a space for the artwork, this other pallu side of the sari is in continuous stripes. This side is also replete with tassels of fringe knotting at the end.
It was about visually translating an eponymous fragrance, which captured the scent of Arpora night market in Goa. The mindscape was white, laced with a strange romance. The sari looks of this work are formations in soft hand-textured tulle & crochet.
Pearl Sari I Tulle, Pearl Beads & Crochet
Archaic Crochet Sari I Tulle & Crochet
Entwine Sari I Deconstructed & Hand Textured Tulle
Billow Sari I Hand Textured Tulle & Crochet
Lattice Sari I Hand Textured Tulle & Crochet
Ruche Sari I Hand Textured Tulle & Crochet
It was the scent of Japanese Sumi ink-stick, grinding on the ink-stone, at our workspace. It brought a sense of calm. Ancient in it's origin, Sumi ink is used even today in the Japanese temples for calligraphy. Sacred writings have often been subjects of calligraphic interpretations. This work comprises of two sari looks, which are two imageries. Of calligraphy & peace. And of an inherent quiet.
Sumi ink on rice paper. The letter inscribed is 'Pes' (peace) in Japanese calligraphy. We translated the imagery to a quieter white-on-white, our signature pallette, prior to taking it to our weavers.
Pes Sari With Japanese Peace Symbol Handwoven In Silk By Cotton Muslin.
The centerpiece is a Buddhist scripture 'Prajna Paramita Sutra', handwritten by Japanese calligrapher Suzuki Seiyo.
We used Sumi ink for printing. It contains shellac, which makes it waterproof. We mixed it with added pigments to make it completely colour fast. For our other sari.
Prajna Paramita Sutra Sari In Japanese Sumi Ink Print On Handwoven Silk By Cotton Muslin. The sari is an embodiment of the scripture by Japanese calligrapher Suzuki Seiyo. The border & the pallu are in weave.
The work is about two Indian mythological creatures. It's about melding, about merging of multiple identities. Handwoven Muslins play the medium of these formations, in sheer drapes.
'Makara' is a mythological sea creature, formed of hind of a fish, the head of an elephant & the mouth of a crocodile. It serves as the carrier for Ganga & the sea god Varuna. It’s also an emblem of Kamadeva, the god of love & desire.
Makara Muslin Handwoven Sari
'Navagunjara', an avatar of Lord Krishna, is formed of nine different animals. It has the head of a rooster, neck of a peacock, hump of a camel, waist of a lion, the tail is a serpent & stands on three feet, that of an elephant, a tiger, a horse. The fourth limb is a human arm carrying lotus. The disguise was to test Arjuna’s penance. This appears in Sarala Dasa’s Oriya Mahabharata.
Navagunjara Muslin Handwoven Sari