Diploma Thesis project at University of Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein in collaboration with Weaver’s Service Center, Kolkata and villages in West Bengal.
This project is about the research of an ancient technique of brocaded muslin weaving in eastern India, called Jamdani Weaving. It is one of the most time and labor intensive forms of handloom weaving and highly artistic in its making. The traditional designs varied in style, color and motif, depending on the region. The core task was to trace still existing knowledge of producing these fabrics and weaving facilities to revive and create fabric experiments that link excellence of making and new forms of design. I explored a new design language, by modifying traditional weaving pattern and experimenting with different yarns. Using the technique of inserting single threads into the warp by hand, I created fabrics with new properties, achieving an effect of a floating pattern on a woven ground.
The weaving process of Jamdani enabled the fabrication of new qualities that cannot be achieved by powerlooms. To sensitize people to these forgotten qualities could shape our sense for materials and objects, and our interaction with them, functioning as a value-engineering through technology.
Apart from the rich fabric collection and research book, I developed a documentary film depicting the decline of Jamdani Weaving, which is a way of life for thousands in Bengal villages.