Tribal Art

Patang Mata ni Pachedi

This artwork shows the process of making Mata ni Pachedi in the city of Ahmedabad. The Sabarmati river, Teen Darwaza, busy roads are shown more prominently than the Goddess, located off-centre. Sanjay Chitara and his family have been upholding the artistic tradition of Mata ni Pachedi (Cloth of the Mother Goddess for over 10 decades.… Read more »

Art+Feminism

To celebrate #InternationalWomensDay, we dedicated March 2019 to the most gifted women artists represented in the Sarmaya collection. We celebrated their often-unsung genius by helping others discover it through the sprawling warrens of Wikipedia. Sarmaya participated in an international campaign by Art+Feminism to get more women editing and featuring on the internet’s favourite reference guide. Sarmaya’s team… Read more »

Jungle Book

With each canvas, Durgabai Vyam takes us deeper into the forest of childlike fantasies

First of Her Tribe

The incredible story of how one woman went from laying bricks at an art centre to becoming one of its most celebrated artists

Phad: Pabuji ki Phad

The ‘phad’ is a tradition of narrative scroll paintings, practiced by the bhopa tribes of Rajasthan. They are primarily made of two icons – Devnarayan and Pabuji. These were village heroes in popular history who were later deified over time – much like the creation of icons in mainstream Hinduism as well. This particular one… Read more »