006200 Revisited

Textiles | Textielfactorij 

Zuiderzeemuseum "Ambacht in dracht (Craft & Costume)"
15 Dec 2017 - 06 May 2018 | Enkhuizen (NL)

006200 Revisited was made in collaboration with Kirit Chitara (IN), on commission by the Textiel Factorij (Textile Factory) for the exhibition ‘Craft & Costume’ in the Zuiderzee Museum (NL). 006200 Revisited is based on the museum’s collection.

In traditional Dutch dress, loose articles of clothing, such as the krap lap (shoulder cloth), the baaf (chest cloth) and detachable jacket sleeves, were often made of chintz and designed for showing off. This symbolic function is echoed in India, where it is almost impossible to be overdressed.

Kirit Chitara and I produced hand-painted cloth from which we made loose sleeves as contemporary ‘showpieces’. Besides featuring graphics derived from T1982-163 Revisited, an earlier piece that we produced for the 'Chintz, Cotton in Bloom' exhibition at the Frisian Museum (NL), this work also employs a tree of life motif as well as animal illustrations, such as that of the peacock, the national bird of India and a show off par excellence.

In making this piece, we strove to create something that would be informed by the richness of both our cultures, and if the resulting work embodies layers that convey more than aesthetic beauty, then we really have something that merits showing off.

2017 | Eline Groeneweg in collaboration with Kirit Chitara 
commissioned by the Textiel Factorij | Zuiderzeemuseum (NL)
design: Eline Groeneweg, Kirit Chitara
hand-painted by: Kirit Chitara, Vishal Chitara and Usha Chitara

sleeve patterns & construction: Vinod Kumar Sharma and Manish Barsel
material: khadi (handspun and -woven) organic cotton
technique: hand-painted (natural dye)
design consultants: Vinod Kumar Sharma and Hitesh Rawat 
Dutch > English text translation: The English Writer