26/05/2012

Crochet as story and ideology rather than object

Craft projects in India often focus on storytelling to bring in addition to commercial benefits, also social benefits to the artisan settlements. Men belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community proudly wear intricately crocheted caps made by women in their families. Through dialogue and co-creation possibilities, the Bohra caps project recognizes seemingly faceless artisans locally as well as globally. The caps are no longer only worn during festivals either, but usage has spread to everyday wear.  The women use fine white kite string in cotton or nylon, with golden kasab yarn to crochet the caps. The process is tedious, the outcome impeccable.


Sitting together during the day, women of a community refer to pattern books to design beautiful motifs for the caps.  the younger boys like designs displaying small animals like ducks or rabbits. 


Two photos left and above as seen on the Gaatha blog.




More photos from our visit to Rajashtan taken at some of the amazing palaces and forts.  The arches and graphic patterns no doubt inspire a variety of craft designs.






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