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.
On an uneven ground of noises, there's a hand drawn square to stay within. The square is a mere impression, but it's there. It's a beautiful silence inside.
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