Patang Mata ni Pachedi


This work illustrates the entire process of making the Mata ni Pachedi and the city of Ahmedabad by young artist Sumit Chitara (b.2004), son of National award winner Sanjay Chitara (b.1978).  

Mata-ni-pachedi is an artistic tradition practised by the Vaghris of Gujarat. It was a drought that brought the community to Khanpur in Ahmedabad where the artform flourished on the banks of the Sabarmati. In Patang, Sumit Chitara moves away from the traditional imagery perfected by his forefathers to create a contemporary Mata-ni-Pachedi artist’s view of Ahmedabad. The Sabarmati is a prominent presence here; artists are seen washing their canvases in the river. In recent decades, industrial pollution and the concretisation of its banks have endangered this ancient river and artform.

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Patang Mata ni Pachedi
Sumit Chitara
Cotton Cloth hand and block painted with natural dyes
H: 147 cm x W: 191 cm
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