JKK has always been providing us with a glimpse of art via different exhibitions it hosts. Paintings, music photography and what not, we have had it all at the Jawahar Kala Kendra and it is back again with the amazing textile exhibition.
The exhibition beautifully traces the origin and evolution of aesthetics in Indian textiles dating back to the freedom struggle of 1947, including the use of same as an aid in the freedom movement, to the present day India.
The wondrously delicate yet the robust textiles of India has survived through decades because of diversity of skills and technologies to portray them, the perpetual vocabulary of motifs and patterns depicting the innovation in traditions which have been passed on through generations.
The exhibition designed by Reha Sodhi reflects the fields of art and craft, fashion and design through paintings done on cloth, carpets, rugs and saris showcasing works of numerous designers and artists.
In the lights predominant impulses of various periods in India’s post-independence trajectories, the textiles are presented through broad themes.
· The National Movement, Khadi and the effects of the European-colonial encounter in the early to mid-20th Century
· The engagement with International Modernism from the 1950s till today;
· An intense revival period in village-based crafts and textiles beginning with the 1970s which has informed the present ecology of urban design;
· The negotiation of roles between artisans-craftspeople, designers and artists;
· A return to historical vocabularies from the 1980s onwards which moulds contemporary fashion and mass consumerism; textiles as a means and metaphor for sculpture;
· And Indian minimalism.
With praiseworthy paintings, and notably fine varieties of textile, the Art exhibition at JKK is definitely going to turn a lot many heads.
The exhibition narrates the story of changes in textile industry due to the social, political and economic impacts on India. It takes you for a journey to the times of traditional Indian outfits of Lehanga Choli, to the garments with heavy Ari and Zari work, to the Silk And Brocade Saris, from the Kurtas Of Khadi to Khadi Denims and finally makes you stand face to face the Contemporary Dresses Of Modern India.
To sum it up, the exhibition is a must visit if you find yourself in Jaipur before the 31st of July and is open for public on all working days including Monday.