1 Eclipsed Processes

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

3 steps of Kalamkari

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 workshop, in Pedana, Andhra Pradesh

7 the textiles arriving in The Netherlands

8 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

03. Eclipsed Processes (Hybrid flowers and cultural exchange)

The first issue of Eclipsed Processes (2019, graduation Design Academy Eindhoven) marked the launch of a series of annual magazines dedicated to unveiling alternative manufacturing processes. It addresses the context, history and exchanges resulting from the creation of a series of pieces based on the represented technique.

The project emphasizes the importance of giving a voice to surrogate ways of production in order to invent a future in which smaller and more sustainable production methods can be enhanced.

The Kalamkari Art issue introduces the technique of Kalamkari, a highly sustainable textile block printing and natural dyeing craft originated from Southern India. It is the result of a collaboration with Vijaya Bandar Kalamkari House, based in Pedana, Andhra Pradesh.

During several days, I have worked with artisans specialized in the craft in India. Together, we have produced a printed textile that displays what the technique steps are and put the historical values of the pattern in the center of the design.

The explanation of the craft through material is completed by the explanation of the craft’s context in the magazine as the publication becomes a platform for discussing issues that can’t be addressed with the material translation of the project. In four chapters consecutively called The Context, The Technique, The Unit, The Exchange and The Application, the magazine uncovers stories and topics ranging from the history of the craft to the colonial histories hidden behind the floral patterns engraved on the wooden blocks.

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, as well as the center of my research. It was also the driver of my presentation called Eclipsed Processes : A Journey Into Designing Elsewhere. I presented the project in the context of The Arena program of the Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show during Dutch Design Week 2019.