‘Nature to Culture: Crafts of India’ presents an educational opportunity about the evolution of Indian craft forms through their relation to the vastly distinct terrains of India
The exhibit also includes dedicated walkthroughs on rare Indian craft traditions, up on the brink of extinction, closely tied to the cultural landscape of the country
Piramal Museum of Art today inaugurated ‘Nature to Culture – Crafts of India,’ to showcase the story of Indian craft traditions and their relationship to the environment.
The exhibit titled, ‘Nature to Culture: Crafts of India,’ showcases the story of seven rare Indian craft traditions, each of which is typical to one of the five landscapes across the country – mountainous, pastoral, riverine, coastal and desert.
The exhibit which is on display from 27th May to 27th August demonstrates craft as a form of expression that connects an individual to another through shared tradition and common socio-cultural needs.
Indian craft traditions are highly dependent on the environment. Hence any change in the natural landscape can result in a negative impact. Majority of the crafts displayed as part of the current exhibit at Piramal Museum of Art are nearing extinction, either due to the absence of raw materials or due to changes in the way life itself is lived in the environment. Degradation of forests means the ruin of wooden crafts, the lack of rainfall results in absence of good clay and the pollution of rivers leading to lack of facilities for dyers to wash their textiles. Thus, narratives of languishing crafts are narratives of the landscape and the environment too.
Additionally, curators Vaishnavi Ramanathan and Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil will share their stories about research and travel behind the unique crafts.
Ashvin Rajagopalan, Director, Piramal Museum of Art said, “The Piramal Museum of Art aims to position itself as a state of the art museum, making art accessible, in the hope to transform the way people engage with art. Thus, through this show, the Piramal Museum of Art hopes to present a story on rare Indian crafts and the manner in which they are impacted through the constantly evolving natural landscape of India. The exhibit is also a means to convey that certain traditional craft forms connect people to one another such that any change in nature, curbs the expression of culture.”