In a one-hour presentation, three designers were featured, discussing the struggles that artisans have faced during the pandemic. They also highlighted how some of their innovative ideas, developed during this challenging period, have helped them succeed in the post-pandemic environment.
Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob share a passion for textiles and the associated crafts of weaving, dyeing, embroidery, bead work and needlepoint, and the Friends of Te Papa were privileged to be given an in-depth tour of an amazing, colourful collection, beautifully displayed in the Thistle Hall, Cuba Street.
A fascinating partnership and a wealth of knowledge and ambition were shared in Threads of Tradition, a talk about hand-loomed cloths of India. Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob are infectious in their knowledge, generosity and spirit as they take us to India from the perspective of textiles.