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Voice of the Embroider | Panel Discussion

Date & Time

16 Jan 2019 at 06:30 PM 09:00 PM


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Voice of the Embroider | Panel Discussion

Speakers: Ashfaq Sheikh, Istiaq Sheikh, Loise Braganza, Suresh Handa and Ami Mehta as moderator.

A panel discussion with the craftsmen embroiderers, designer and persons involved in the project will provoke a debate on the meanings of collaboration versus delegation in the Indian context and discuss the research how the exhibited embroidered works like the Self Portraits and Embroidery Dreamscape and video essay came about.


Suresh Handa:
Suresh Handa based in Mumbai has been working since 1977, completed 38 years of work experience at Weavers Service Centre. Working in the processing department of weavers service centre as printing expert, initially posted at Panipat Haryana famous for handloom textiles and woollen and cotton dyeing, natural dyes pigment printing.
After which was transferred to Nagpur and then to Mumbai having held various positions in the processing department of Weavers Service Centre for textile dyeing and printing. Previously also worked as textile printing expert with Model Mills Nagpuri. Suresh Handa received his Diploma in Dyeing and Printing received his Diploma at Nagpur Institute.

Ashfaq Shaikh:
Ashfaq Mohammed Shaikh learnt embroidery from his father. Ashfaq began learning embroidery when he was 10 years old he would go to school in the day and when he returned and joined his father in the workshop to learn embroidery and help out. While simultaneously completing High School Grade 8, and became a full time embroiderer. Ashfaq handles communication with clients, payments and financial matters of the business of embroidery at his karkhana in Mumbai.

Istiaq Shaikh:
Istiaq Shaikh learnt embroidery from his father a former embroiderer. Istiaq worked as an embroiderer since the age of 10. He is the illustrator for the designs of the embroidery for the embroidery works. Istiaq Shaikh works alongside Ashfaq Shaikh and manages the creative aspects of the business of embroidery in his karkhana in Mumbai, Bandra East.

Ami Mehta:
Ami Mehta is a freelance researcher and curator with a multidisciplinary background that integrates art history, museum studies, literature, and economics. Based in Brooklyn, she has experience working with arts organizations internationally in both curatorial and consulting capacities, bringing a keen understanding of social and cultural contexts to each project. She has developed exhibitions and programming at the Rubin Museum of Art (New York), Fundación Juan March (Madrid), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, and currently works in Exhibitions at MoMA. Her research interests span topics on urbanity,
politics of dress, cultural industries.
Ami received her M.A. degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld, where she specialized in Persian Painting and Transcultural Visuality; and a B.A. in History and Global Liberal Studies from New York University.

Loise Braganza:
Loise Braganza, is a designer, artist and fashion strategist. Her projects are sometimes hybrid, interchanging between creative and artistic processes with research into textile, costume, clothing and its production.
Based between Mumbai and Amsterdam, her work spans making artisanal collections from her own studio practice which she has been developing since 2010. She collaborates with other artists, craftsmen, filmmakers to find approaches and methodologies to broaden notions of fashion while strengthening its relationship to textiles, craft and art. Involved in the set up of installation exhibit and team for educating visitors on sustainability and fashion at museum Fashion For Good, Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has also conceptualised costumes for Documenta 14, Sharjah Biennale 12, and Kochi Biennale 2014 amongst others for artist Nikhil Chopra.
She completed a Bachelors in Political Science (Wilson and Sophia College, Mumbai, India), a four year Advanced Diploma in Fashion Technology (WLC, Mumbai, India) and a Masters in Fashion Strategy (ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem Netherlands)

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