10 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019
Clark House Initiative
The term Mata-ni-Pachedi originated from the Gujarati language, where Mata means ‘goddess’, ni means ‘belongs to’ and Pachedi means ‘behind’. It is a craft born out of marginalisation. A narrative textile that tells stories of the mother Goddess and was used as a mobile temple cloth for its practitioners when barred from entering the local temples. Traditional Mata ni Pachedi is a rectangular piece of fabric used as a canopy in the place of ceiling in a nomadic shrine which houses the main mother goddess image at its centre. Chandrakan Bhulabhai Chitara, is a "Mata ni Pachedi" artist and has been practising this art form for over 32 years. He was awarded the Gujarat State Award in 2001, National Award in 2003 and Merit Awards in 1997 and 2001.