Exhibition: Imprints of Culture

Block Printed Textiles of India

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Imprints of Culture explores the contemporary production and use of Indian block prints. Like few other objects, block prints embody richly diverse histories that have been shaped by trade, conquest and colonisation, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship.

  • From: Friday 26 February 2016, 10 am
  • To: Thursday 24 March 2016, 5 pm
  • Location: Bonington Gallery, Bonington building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LS

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Event details

Imprints of Culture explores the contemporary production and use of Indian block prints. Like few other objects, block prints embody richly diverse histories that have been shaped by trade, conquest and colonisation, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship.

This exhibition shows how block printing, one of India’s foremost crafts, has not only played a role in the ritual life of the subcontinent but also in the creation of visual identity. Integral to caste dress and modern urban style, block prints have been a significant source of revenue through centuries of domestic and international trade.

This show includes block prints from leading centres of the craft in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and includes traditional designs as well as innovations. It has been developed in collaboration with block printers in these areas as well as fashion designer, Aneeth Arora.

This exhibition is supported by the British Academy (International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, 2014-17). The research underpinning it was funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2012-14).

Read a recent Q and A with the curator, Eiluned Edwards, as she talks to Aesthetica magazine about the forthcoming exhibition.

Preview event

Wednesday 24 March, 5 pm - 7.30 pm. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Enquiries

If you have any questions about this event, please email us or call +44 (0)115 848 8268.

This exhibition is hosted by Bonington Gallery. To find out more, visit the Bonington Gallery website .

Image: © Eiluned Edwards: Abduljabbar M. Khatri block printing ajrakh, Dhamadka village, India

Location details

Room/Building:

Bonington Gallery, Bonington building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LS

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