Mother-goddess hanging (mata ni pachedi) - ROM2019_17199_20

ROM2019_17199_20

Mother-goddess hanging (mata ni pachedi)

Maker: Chandrakant Chitara
Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted mordants and dyes
Geography: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Date: 2018
Dimensions:
111 × 155.5 cm
Object number: 2019.60.4
Credit Line: [No credit line required]
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume
Description

Chandrakant Chitara comes from a long line of textile artisans. For generations, his family painted and printed religious hangings known as matani pachedi, or "mother goddess curtains." Chandrakant and his uncle Jayantibhai have in recent years specialized in fine art pieces intended for art collectors, galleries, and museums. Their tableaux still feature the mother goddesses but in larger scale and in open landscapes, incorporating some design conventions of South India, such as the rocky mound. For a work commissioned by the ROM, Chandrakant chose to highlight the Chitaras’ recent exclusion from the Sabarmati River.

The centre field shows the goddess Meladi Mata on her black goat mount. In the lower border of this ROM commissioned hanging, Chrandrakant chose to portray the making of hangings in the time of his father.

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