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THE CLOTH OF THE MOTHER GODDESS
THE CLOTH OF THE MOTHER GODDESS

This hand block-printed textile book tells the story of the origins of Mata-Ni-Pachedi, the ritual ‘Cloth of the Mother Goddess’. Traditionally created by artisans from the nomadic Vaghari community in Gujarat, these votive cloths offer a painted image of the goddess to herself. 


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Hand block-printed on textile, this limited-edition artists’ book consists of a sequence of folding panels, designed to invoke pre-modern – particularly Asian – traditions of bookmaking. At the same time, the panels recall and recreate a Mata-Ni-Pachedi - the ritual ‘Cloth of the Mother Goddess’ - and tell the story of its origins. The tactility of the book invokes the labour and craft that have gone into its creation, deepening the viewer’s enjoyment and understanding of the art tradition. The images featured in the book have been painted by Jagdish Chitara, who belongs to the Vaghari community of artisans from Gujarat in western India. 



Price: $ 120.00
Sale Price: $ 84.00 / Rs 4000.00

IN THE LAND OF PUNCTUATION
IN THE LAND OF PUNCTUATION

First published in 1905, German poet Christian Morgenstern’s piece is a darkly comic linguistic caprice. Illustrated with punctuation marks, the text is a romp, and yet the political undertones are unmistakable, suggesting systems of menacing control. Rathna Ramanathan’s art and design invoke well-known icons, styles and genres of early twentieth century western and Russian art and craft to make a compelling argument about freedom of expression.


This handsome hand silkscreen-printed edition recreates the brilliant conceptual art of the book, with ink, line and paper combining to add depth and texture to every page.


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Christian Morgenstern, Rathna Ramanathan,  Sirish Rao


First published in 1905, German poet Christian Morgenstern’s piece is a darkly comic linguistic caprice. Illustrated with punctuation marks, the text is a romp, and yet the political undertones are unmistakable, suggesting systems of menacing control. Rathna Ramanathan’s art and design invoke well-known icons, styles and genres of early twentieth century western and Russian art and craft to make a compelling argument about freedom of expression.


This handsome hand silkscreen-printed edition recreates the brilliant conceptual art of the book, with ink, line and paper combining to add depth and texture to every page.



Price: $ 49.95
Sale Price: $ 37.45 / Rs 1000.00

Gobble You Up!
Gobble You Up!

This story, with cumulative rhyme, is an adaptation of an oral trickster tale from Rajasthan in India. It is illustrated with finger painting by the talented Sunita, from Rajasthan’s Meena tribe. She adapts a traditional Meena art form called Mandana, which is usually painted by women onto the walls and floors of their village homes.


Gita Wolf (text); Suntia (art)


Meet the wiliest jackal in the forest. Too lazy to hunt for food, he decides to trick his friend the crane, and then proceeds to gobble up every animal he comes across…

This story, with cumulative rhyme, is an adaptation of an oral trickster tale from Rajasthan in India. It is illustrated with finger painting by the talented Sunita, from Rajasthan’s Meena tribe. She adapts a traditional Meena art form called Mandana, which is usually painted by women onto the walls and floors of their village homes.

This is the first time that this style – rarely seen outside the confines of Meena villages – has been used in a children’s book. Silkscreen printed by hand onto kraft paper using black and white ink, each book is a numbered edition.



Price: $ 34.95
Sale Price: $ 26.20 / Rs 850.00

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Drawing from the City
Drawing from the City

In our latest handmade title, self-taught urban folk artist Tejubehan tells the remarkable story of her journey from a dusty village to the city, in her distinctive style of lines and dots.


Artist & Author: Tejubehan
Pages: 32pp; Size: 240 x 360m; Hardcover: Screen-printed

‘Take me to the city,’ the young girl whispers to the train, as it passes her dusty village.

Her name is Teju. She is now a middle aged woman, and in this book, she has narrated her incredible journey from endemic poverty into the rich inner world of art, in her self-taught style of lines and dots.

Page after page of sumptuous art is witness to a woman’s life, caught between endemic poverty and a rich imaginative inner world. Drawing from the City reflects upon hardship while also celebrating the remarkable story of a spirited woman.

Drawing from the City is silkscreen printed by hand, and hand-bound.


You can read more about the story behind this book here.



Price: $ 36.95
Sale Price: $ 27.70 / Rs 850.00

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Waterlife
Waterlife

In this hand silkscreen printed book, artist Rambharos Jha adapts the traditional Mithila style of folk painting from Bihar to his own vision.


'Waterlife' features Mithila art, a vibrant and delicate form of folk painting from Bihar in eastern India. The artist Rambharos Jha grew up on the banks of the legendary river Ganga, and surrounded by lush fields and ponds, developed a fascination for water and water life. In this visually stunning book, artist Rambharos Jha creates an unusual artist’s journal, adapting the motifs of the Mithila style to express his own vision. He frames his art with a playful text that evokes both childhood memory and folk legend. Waterlife is silk-screen printed by hand on handmade paper, and this is the second English language edition.


"Without a shadow of exaggeration, the most beautiful book I’ve ever laid eyes on." Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org



Price: $ 46.95
Sale Price: $ 35.20 / Rs 1350.00

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