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Saturday, July 23, 2016

10 a.m. Refreshments           10:30 a.m. Program

"Fine Cotton Khadi & Hand Painted Chintz:
Two Key Textile Traditions Alive in South India"

Karthika Audinet
Textile Designer, Educator and Independent Researcher,
Washington, DC

Of the many great Indian textile traditions, two were key to India’s unrivalled supremacy amongst world textiles. India’s delicately woven muslins and brilliantly colored and patterned textiles were coveted luxury goods, often taking on roles that their makers never imagined. Unfortunately, by mid 18th century, Indian textile production came to a grinding halt due to oppressive and unfair colonial policies. Although Gandhi did much for the Indian psyche, many traditional textiles stagnated or died floundering in a world reigned by politics, blockades, and industrialization. However, in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, artisans still practice unbroken traditions that are thousands of years old, weaving fine cotton fabrics with yarn spun from endemic Gossypium Arboreum and hand painting patterned Chintz using natural dyes using tedious complex processes. Textile designer, educator and independent researcher Karthika Audinet will share photographs and insights from her trips to remote villages in Andhra Pradesh to highlight the fine craftsmanship of these two textiles against the historic backdrop of Indian cotton textiles.

Karthika Audinet is a designer, educator and researcher with 20+ years of international professional experience. She is an alumna of the National Institute of Design, India, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, France, where she specialized in textile design. She has a background in designing high-end home furnishings, with products sold worldwide. Currently, Karthika is focused on humanitarian design, providing technical assistance to the non-profit sector. She is the Creative Director at St. Coletta of Greater Washington. She has served as Adjunct Professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and The George Washington University since 2008 when she moved to Washington DC from France. Karthika has conducted several workshops on weaving and lectured on Indian and French textiles at the Textile Museum, Washington DC. As program co-chair of the IHBS, the Washington DC rug and textile club, Karthika actively organizes events. Her article on fine Indian cotton is forthcoming in Textile Asia magazine. She invites TMA/SC members to bring examples of warp-faced weavings for show & tell. 

Luther Hall, Lower Level St. Bede’s Episcopal Church

3590 Grand View Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066-1904

Just south of the 10 freeway, and west of the 405, near the intersection of Centinela and Palms. Free parking.

Admission: TMA/SC members Gratis . . . . . Guests $10

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