With Shamji Vishram Vankar
$15 - Doors open at 7:30
Shamji Vankar is the heir to a wealth of traditional weaving and dyeing techniques practised in the desert region of western India. The small village of Bhujodi is renowned for its distinctive weaves. Motifs may be worked with a supplement in the local wool—providing an effective herder’s shawl to keep men and women warm during the desert night. These same techniques are also worked in naturally dyed cottons and silks—providing a showcase of exceptional beauty and skill.
Join master dyer and weaver Shamji Vankar as he unfurls many examples of the work of his family, speaks to the history of his community, and explains the inspiration for his craft.
Shamji joins us from Bhuj, India.
Shamji will also teach a workshop and exhibit his work in the Five Artisans Exhibition.
Shamji Vishram Vankar
Shamji Vishram Vankar is a weaver and natural dyer living in the Kachchh Desert. He comes from a deep artisan heritage. His father won a prestigious National Award for his weaving. Shamji and his brothers have all inherited a commitment to craft and a dedication to tradition. Shamji recalls the times when lac cakes were available in the local market for dyers: “The colour makes me feel at home. Our elders dyed shawls for Rabari women in lac. I grew up with this colour around me a lot, so it is woven into memories of my childhood.” Lac is now only one of the natural dyes which Shamji uses and weaves into exhibition quality textiles. Shamji is an artisan who has been recognized worldwide, yet who still puts family traditions, technique and slow, careful skill first.