Textile Project

THE TEXTILE PROJECT was inspired by the village families in the film In Rajasthan. Their ancient textile traditions in India’s Thar Desert date back centuries. Scenes of them block-printing fabric, carding and spinning wool for weaving, and preparing fabric for Bandhani (a type of tie-dye) appear throughout the film.

Today, in villages and small family workshops in the Thar Desert, artisans carry on the traditions of their ancestors, but those intricate and rich traditions are threatened as the pull of a more modern and prosperous life in the cities beckons them. If those carefully cultivated skills are neglected for even one generation, they will be lost forever.

THE TEXTILE PROJECT is an effort to preserve and sustain those ancient traditions of embroidery, block-printing, indigo-dying and weaving by sharing the work of the artisans.