Weaver Raman Goswami works at the Panipat factory of the Raj Group, a leading manufacturer of high-end rugs and carpets. Dressed in a crisp grey suit, a beaming Raman points out one of his art collaborations displayed at The Stainless gallery in Okhla. Artist Puneet Kaushik, who conceptualised ‘The Garbh: Layers and the Surface’ executed on canvas tufted in red metallic cord, cotton and wool fibre, says the installation that encompasses the viewer represents both an element of the self and of the universe. “I was told it represents the womb of a mother,” Raman says. Other weavers at the ongoing Fibre Fables exhibition — the result of a year-long collaboration between 11 artists and about 40 weavers — also educate inquisitive visitors about their contribution.
Many of the exhibits are breathtaking and represent the magic that can ensue when there’s a genuine coming together of the sensibilities of the trained contemporary artist and the traditional craftsman. “The idea was to put the focus back on weaving traditions that are facing extinction, and to glorify weaving itself, which is otherwise undermined as mundane,” says exhibition curator Shailin Smith. The show also gives weavers the opportunity to view their skill from a different point of view.
Since no two artists could use the same technique on the same format or canvas, the pieces on display, that include installations, photo manipulations, video and sound art, are varied and use a range of techniques and media. The weavers and artists didn’t work according to a specific plan. “We didn’t know how it would be displayed, there was no blueprint of the art work,” says weaver Narendra Giri. “If we get the opportunity to collaborate again, we can change a lot. Next time, everything will be even better!”
WHERE: The Stainless, Mira Corporate Suites 1 &2, Old Ishwar Nagar, Okhla
WHEN: Till December 31, 2015