Monthly Archives: May 2013

Traditional Chikan Embroidery in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, North India

Tereza Kuldova Images taken during the author’s fieldwork in Lucknow (2011) These pictures show a system of production and its result: traditional handmade embroidery in North India. But who are the people involved in this system and how do the materials of production shape their relationships? What local … Continue reading

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Chikan embroiderd sari from 1948: a biography

Tereza Kuldova Looking at these pictures we see an older lady dressed in an embroidered sari. But what is her relationship to the sari? What can the sari tell us about her, about the society around her and about the … Continue reading

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A Chikan printing block and its story

Tereza Kuldova We see a printing block, a page from a book, a block-maker, but is that all we see? If we relate these pictures to one another we see the dissemination of designs, from the hand, to the product … Continue reading

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Kathakali in a London school

Maruska Svasek In November 2011, a select group of pupils from Wanstead High School sat down on the floor of one of the school’s classrooms as Kalamandalam Vijayakumar (Vijaya), a Kathakali actor of Indian origins, laid out different parts of … Continue reading

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