We are curating a Travelling Exhibition this year – a portable exhibition for Indian Fibres featuring indigenous cotton, wool from indigenous sheep, forest silks and jute – showcasing the production cycles from seed, stems, sheep and cocoons to fabrics and clothing. The exhibition has two parts – one with a focus on the livelihood context and production processes of the four fibres. The second part exhibits work of students.

The first stop of the Exhibiton will be Lansdown Gallery in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Along with the Exhibition, there will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving and dyeing, organised by Freeweaver SAORI Studio

The Travelling Exhibition has been supported by the Gandhi Foundation and has been curated by Saumya Singh and Erna Janine

The Livelihood Context and Production Systems

Regenerative Fashion is a new buzz word. In this part of the exhibition, we explore how it is an idea which is traditionally interwoven in Indian crafts – lost to a large extent – but being revived through many innovative initiatives across the country.

Regenerative cotton – growing in multi-cropped field in Madhya Pradesh, India, with support from BioRe Foundation.

A nomadic grazier keeping a watchful eye on his flock.

Cocoons of Forest Silks from Orissa, India

Quality check for a portable spinning wheel (charkha) – Gram Sewa Mandal, Maharasthra, India

Solar Powered Charkhas – Udyog Bharti – Gujarat, India

Spinning tussar silk fibres

Warping Wool in Hiamchal Pradesh Kulluvi Whims

A weaver at his work in Kutch district of Gujarat, India

Student Exhibits

An important part of the exhibit will be the work of student designers – students from the Chelsea College of Arts who worked on the Khadi Competition sponsored jointly by the Indian High Commission in London and Khadi London – and of other students who have worked with Khadi London. The Travelling Exhibition has been sponsored by the Gandhi Foundation.

An exhibit from the Festival of Natural Fibres 2019 – by Pooja Jain of House of Tamarind.
Pooja created this as part of her MA course at Chelsea College of Arts

Khadi Collection of Ashna Patel. The collection was created as a part of an MA course in Sustainable Design from Design School Kolding, Denmark.

Khadi silk dyed with natural ingredients – ready for weaving into a dhurrie based on tapestry design of Misha Nikkah. The yarn was dyed by Hind Natural Dyes and is being woven into a dhurrie by a women’s self-help group associated with Gram Bharti Samiti Samiti, an NGO based in Amer in Rajasthan, India.

Khamir, an NGO based in Kutch is collaborating with Caitlin Hatmann, a winner of the Chelsea khadi competition. The warp for her designs is being prepared.

Deepak Agarwal of Hind Natural Dyes, based in Jaipur, is collaborating with Morgan Martin, a winner of the Chelsea khadi competition. Deepak is sharing an image to confirm the colour palette for the block printing of Morgan’s design for on cotton khadi.

Weaving in progress for Sarah Tibble’s designs using yarns of two forest silks – Tussar and Eri. Gramin Vikas Pratisthan based in Chattisgarh is collaborating with Sarah. The yarns have not been dyed.

Dikshita’s journey with natural dyeing began as a second year MA student at the Royal College of Arts. The image above is the original library of colours which Dikshita created using dyes made with ayurvedic ingredients. Dikshita Bansal is curating similar exhibits using khadi wool made with wool from indigenous sheep and kala cotton khadi.

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Event Location :

Craft Central
The Forge, 397-411 Westferry Road,
Island Gardens, London E14 3AE


Contact Details :

Email – info@freeweaver.co.uk