Kharad Weaving of Kachchh

A display of geometic and pictorial patterned dhurries adorns the walls of weaver Tejsibhai Dhana Marwada in the village of Sanjotnagar, near Bhuj in Kutch,. Woven into the kharad (Sindhi word for carpet) on the most basic and ancient of looms, are the stories of these weavers’ lives and experiences. Some of these narrative pieces …

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Paisley and the Pashmina

On my way back from a recent trip to Scotland, I stopped in Paisley near Glasgow to visit its Museum which features a permanent exhibition on what the town is most famous for – shawl weaving. The well known Paisley pattern was named after the small town near Glasgow that adopted the  tradition of weaving …

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Wool House at Somerset House

As I sit looking out at the miserable grey sky and snow coming down horizontally, almost blizzard like, I wish I could be sitting cosily in the ‘mammoth chair’ or in one of the rooms decorated completely using wool in the Wool House exhibition at Somerset House. The exhibition was curated and styled by Arabella …

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