The Khadi March: Just Five Meters
New Delhi: Shelly Jyoti is presenting a solo show of khadi textile-based art installations titled The Khadi March: Just Five Meters at the Visual Arts Galley, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from October 20 to October 26, 2016, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
With an educational background in literature and fashion design, Jyoti’s passion for Gandhi’s philosophy ofkhadi and non-violence has found artistic form through her collaborations with Ajrakh artisans from Kutch in northwest India and with West Bengal’s women artisans specializing in Kantha embroidery. “The current exhibition is a call to action that challenges people who live in urban cities to grant dignity to the rural brethren and to rethink our engagement with the spinners, weavers and people who work with handicrafts in the villages.”
The featured works include several khadi site-specific installations, 20 Ajrakh textile artworks, a multi-media spoken poetry art and a documentary of Ajrakh textile process. Using khadi as the ground for processes of traditional dyeing and embroidery like Ajrakh, Jyoti’s images employ symbolic forms with sumptuously decorated surfaces to illuminate aspects of India’s long and complex history.
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