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The mistakes that make us


Video sculpture showing the beauty of handloom products and the inconsistencies that make them beautiful.

My work is deeply connected to my family's heritage. I come from a family of silk saree designers in Kanchipuram, India, and my work is inspired by the beauty and intricacy of Kanjivaram sarees. I have been visiting my grandparents regularly since I was a child, but it was only when I moved away from home that I began to focus on the silk side of my family's heritage. Through my work, I am learning more about my family's history and culture and using this knowledge to create art that is both personal and universal.


Concept
I am drawn to the weight and flow of these handmade works of art and the many stories that they can tell; educational, historical, human, and relevant.

"The mistakes that make us" is a video sculpture that shows a weaver weaving a handloom saree on one side of the saree and highlights the inconsistencies and organic errors that come from being made by hand on the other side of the saree. Said errors are what make Kanjivaram sarees one of the most sought after and expensive garments in the world, tying to culture and identity. The goal of this project is to help participants experience and appreciate the imperfections in and around them.


Side 1 - Highlights with the lights on
Side 1 - Highlights with the lights on
Side 1 - Highlights with the lights off
Side 1 - Highlights with the lights o

Side 2 - The process of weaving with the lights on
Side 2 - The process of weaving with the lights off

Highlighting the inconsistencies that make handloom products beautiful