Join us for a virtual program hosted by Siddhartha V. Shah, Curator of South Asian Art and Director of Education and Civic Engagement. Siddhartha will be in conversation with renowned art historians, Pika Ghosh (Visiting Associate Professor, Haverford College) and Sylvia Houghteling (Assistant Professor, Bryn Mawr College) about two new works on South Asian textile practices spanning four centuries. In these talks, we will hear how objects ranging from Mughal imperial robes of honor to embroideries created on repurposed cloth for household use held the intimacy of touch and conveyed gestures of affection.
Making Kantha, Making Home: Women at Work in Colonial Bengal by Pika Ghosh explores the social worlds shaped by Bengali kantha surviving from the 19th and early 20th centuries through an examination of techniques, aesthetics, iconography and regional culture.
The Art of Cloth in Mughal India by Sylvia Houghteling (book-in-progress) examines both the aesthetics and wondrous techniques of cloth and cloth-making and the artful uses to which textiles were directed in the social, political, and religious life of early modern South Asia. Book-In-Progress
This event is organized through the American Council for Southern Asian Art