Nov - Dec, 2016
The laborious process of resist dyeing involves multiple stages. Dhir sources hand woven fabric from various weaving clusters across India. To realise the envisioned work of art, a thought or an impression in the mind takes its form as an image that is actualised on the surface of the white fabric. The fabric is layered and folded in a distinctive fashion and what follow are diverse stages of dyeing and resisting on the pre-conceptualised stitched patterns.
The beauty of the process lies in crafting a creation, which begins its journey in its absolute contradiction, its polar opposite, its negative. To add to this complexity of working in reverse, the art also requires planning a precise chemistry of colours, envisaging their interaction with each other and with the fabric itself. In addition, the very form, the texture on the surface of the artwork is also planned and prearranged, not only through deciding the thread count for the fabric surface but also by literally placing the design on the fabric at the resisting stage.
Every work of art that you will encounter here is inimitable and one of a kind. Each bears the mark of many hands it has passed through; from the spinners and weavers of silk to the artist herself. The process of the art is laborious, but it is also one of love and care, of nurturing a thought from its conception through to its realisation.