From devotional offering to art, Mata-ni-Pachedi has continued to take new forms. We outline a brief history of this textile tradition and a community that has practiced and perfected it over centuries. READ MORE Colour speak Traditional Mata-ni-Pachedi paintings only featured three colours, each symbolising an aspect of divinity. Tap on the moving hotspots in… Read more »

In Kalamkari Country

Art historian Rajarshi Sengupta takes us on a tour of south India’s celebrated Kalamkari textile tradition

Unidentified Woman, Bombay

This is a studio photograph of an unidentified woman by an unidentified photographer. Early Indian photography was defined by the gaze of the coloniser. So, these images are accompanied by information meant to serve the British administration in tidily cataloguing by community, profession or faith the diverse populations of the Subcontinent. Towards the end of… Read more »

A Journey Through the Timeless Art of Handloom by Sally Holkar

Sally Holkar, a Stanford University graduate, discovered Indian handlooms when she married into the Indore royal family, traditional patrons of Maheshwari saree weavers. To further support the community, Sally co-founded REHWA Society, set up the WomenWeave Charitable Trust and established The Handloom School in Maheshwar. Sally has been instrumental in the revival of the Maheshwar… Read more »

Travelling Threads

‘Fabric of India’, the blockbuster exhibit of Indian textile traditions first hosted at the V&A Museum in London in 2015-16, is crossing the Atlantic for its American debut later this year

Sarong Song

Are you following the intelligent new digital mag of Indian style, Voice of Fashion? We loved their well-researched and stunning narrative of the history behind the Manipuri ceremonial sarong or phanek

Mata No Chandarvo, Meladi Mata

The tradition of Mata ni Pachedis (Gujarati for ‘behind the goddess’) was developed by the nomadic tribe of Vaghris in Gujarat. It is believed that because the tribe was barred from entering village temples, they came up with the ingenious solution of painting the Goddess Durga on a cloth, hanging it at the back of… Read more »