Past Event

Charkha and Kargha

Taking its title from Charkha (spinning wheel) and Kargha (loom), the exhibition features over 100 rare items that date back to the foundational collections of the Powerhouse acquired since the 1880s

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. 

Charkha and Kargha

Daily from 10am - 5pm. Closed 25 December.


500 Harris Street

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Map, showing Charkha and Kargha