Meet the Makers
While earthenware and terracotta – be it the humble ‘kulhar’ to the timeless ‘matka’ (earthen pot) - continue to be part of our day-to-day life across the country, studio pottery largely led by tableware has found a significant place in the plastic arts in post-independence India. Devyani Smith is one of the emerging names within this studio pottery landscape in India.
As part of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia study program, a young group of contemporary Australian designers worked with various artisans in Gujarat and Bengal to come up with innovative ideas in textile design to be displayed at the gallery.
Until 1995, Dhebaria Rabari women embroidered exclusively for themselves and their families. However, twenty years ago the elders of this nomadic tribe banned women from embroidering, as the time-consuming work on their wedding trousseau led to delayed marriages.