1 Eclipsed Processes

2 the publication Eclipsed Processes is available at the Swiss National Library

Kalamkari at Vijaya Bandar workshop, Pedana, Andhra Pradesh, India

4 final textiles with the idea of dissecting the floral pattern

5 about the history of the floral pattern: a non-existing hybrid flower that has evolved from commercial exchanges between Europe and India throughout history
book source: Deux siècles d’indiennes

6 working at Vijaya Bandar

7 the textiles arriving in the Netherlands

8 a small peak of Pedana village

9 Srikanth Sajja (the son of the unit’s owner) and me displaying some of my printing experimentations

10 project presentation during Dutch Design Week 2019

04. Eclipsed Processes

Eclipsed Processes is a research project about the floral patterns present in Kalamkari, a traditional Indian block printing technique.

After a field trip to a Kalamkari workshop in India, I traced back the history of the flower pattern present in the workshop’s archive into a textile and a research publication.

Together with the artisans from Kalamkari workshop Vijaya Bandar, we produced a printed textile that displays what the technique steps are and that puts the historical values of the pattern in the center of the design.

Indeed, the floral patterns present in Vijaya Bandar’s archives are representative of the historical commercial exchanges between Europe and India. The printed flower doesn’t exist in reality but is the product of the printers’ imagination. It has evolved based on the fantasized visions Europe had on India’s flora and vice versa. The floral pattern as a symbol of the imbedded cultural mixes in artistic productions was at the center of the textiles that the artisans and I developed.

Additionally to the textile on which the pattern is dissected visually, a publication was created in which its history is dissected theoretically.

Collaboration with Vijaya Bandar Kalamkari House