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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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Leaves and Weaves: The Trajectory of the Nagarathar Basket

Kala Shreen A basket is a mundane item that I use to carry things when I go grocery shopping or for a picnic or take my lunch to work.  Is it?  How does something as common as a basket become … Continue reading

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An African Jesus

Rhoda Woets This painting might come across as an interpretation of what an African chief looks like. But it is not. What is it then? The painter depicted Jesus Christ here as part of a series of the Stations of … Continue reading

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Lines and Dots: Designs of Tamilnadu

Kala Shreen What does the drawing of lines and dots (called kolam) mean to its creator?  Does it have a sacred value or is it decorative art?  What are some of its changing modes and contexts of production?

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Law Poles

Øivind Fuglerud ‘Law Poles’, or thuuth thaa’-munth in the Wik Aboriginal language of north Australia, is an art work by Ron Yunkaporta. In the form seen on this picture it was exhibited as part of the exhibition Border Zones at … Continue reading

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The Pulpit: media and religion in Ghana

Rhoda Woets This picture does not show a church, nor a dark night club or an art installation that mocks Christianity. I took this picture in the commercial TV3 studio in central Accra on the set of a popular reality … Continue reading

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Fantasy coffins in Ghana and abroad

Rhoda Woets What is this? Is this an object at a pop-art exhibition? Or maybe a big toy-truck? It is neither. The picture shows a coffin at a funeral in Ghana’s capital city Accra. The Bedford truck coffin in this … Continue reading

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