Charkha and Kargha
In addition to their beauty, many of the textiles featured in the exhibition incorporate spinning, weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques. Highlights include block-printed textiles, known as Fustat fragments, believed to be made in Gujarat in the 1400s.
The exhibition also features a recently acquired work by artist Sangeeta Sandrasegar, What Falls from View, 2019. The work features Khadi and silk pieces, hand-dyed in Indian indigo and Australian native cherry. Anu Kumar’s medium format photographs that document the Australian-Indian diaspora are sure to be another highlight of the exhibition.
Charkha and Kargha coincides with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence on 15 August. The exhibition demonstrates the role that textiles played in India’s movement towards independence from colonial rule.
Charkha and Kargha also featureslive demonstrations of spinning and weaving in the Textile Centre, talks on Indian textiles, masterclasses on textile weaving, dyeing and spinning, daily storytelling of Indian folktales and documentary film screenings in the Kings Cinema.
Entry is free, no bookings required.