As I gazed at M.V. Dhurandhar’s sketch of a mother oiling her child’s hair, I found my mother gazing back at me. I was transported back to winter afternoons when my mother and I would sit on our terrace, oiling and braiding our hair; when we found leisure not in solitude but in each other’s presence.
Invisibilising the Visible: The Making of the Art of Kantha in Bengal
The essay attempts to position ‘kantha’ as an art object and to trace the trajectory of textile artisans, whose voices and art have both been left outside the paradigm of art historical intervention.