(Please note change of date)
52 – 56 V B Gandhi Marg
(ARTISANS’ is on the first floor with stairs as only access)
The Humanity of Handmade: Ethel Mairet, Coomaraswamy and Gandhi
British born Ethel Mairet was a pioneer of weaving in the early twentieth century. She travelled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with her husband, the celebrated Indian art historian and philosopher, Ananda Coomaraswamy, documenting the arts and crafts of the villages and publishing their observations on her return to England. Her documentation of traditional methods of weaving, dyeing and embroidery was noted by Mahatma Gandhi, who visited Mairet in 1914.
ARTISANS’ Founder and Director, Radhi Parekh, will talk about Ethel Mairet’s fascinating life and her continuing influence on the craft traditions of the Indian sub-continent. Radhi’s research into Mairet’s work has formed part of a major exhibition currently showing at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, UK, where Ethel Mairet was born.
Shabana Abdulkarim Helen Craggs