Fabrics and Philosophy
The ongoing textile exhibition titled Amoolya at India Habitat Centre brings together a collection of intricately hand-crafted works of textile art by Neha Puri Dhir.
The pieces displayed at the show are a part of Dhir’s design practice called Mool. Inspired by the beauty of geometry, Mool brings together fabrics with ancient craft technique. Each piece in Amoolya represents a harmony of structure and fluidity, intention and chance, perfection and imperfection, craft and art, freedom and control.
It embodies Dhir’s personal interest in the concept of the fundamental – her search for the most basic form of an object or a process. The works presented here are an expression of that search and the culmination of philosophy joining with practice.
Each piece bears the mark of the hands it has passed through - from the spinners and weavers of the silk, to the craftsmen who collaborate with Dhir. To her, geometry represents the bridge between art and mathematics. She begins by working with basic shapes and grids, developing them to represent complex ideas using an essential language of dots and lines. Once these sketches are created, she transposes them to the medium of textiles – working with the technique of resist dying as her brush. She has extensive experience working in the field of crafts, education and industry in India. Her specific areas of interest include working with dying techniques in Kutch (Gujarat), exploring shawl weaving in Kullu and Kinnauri (Himachal Pradesh), Tussar silk making in Jharkhand and Tholu Bommalata or leather puppet craft (Andhra Pradesh).
When: On till 31 August
Where: Art Gallery, India International Centre
Time: 11am - 7 pm