Chapa Sari:The Story of Cotton

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Minneapolis-based Anita Gopalaswamy curates a collective of artisans from India who create hand-woven vibrant fabrics featuring intricate needlework designs and hand-painted details. Born in Bhopal, Anita has had the fortune to have lived in several regions in and outside India. Raised within a tradition that celebrates heritage, authenticity, and a vibrant palette, she has lived her life in and amongst textiles with an inherent and lifelong understanding that they are an essential component of human life, comfort, and the making of home.

Anita’s function within the collective is not to take on a particular role but to work with the organization’s leaders on strategic issues. Including empowering artisans to achieve the greatest possible economic outcomes.

“At the core is a reverence for cloth and the craftspeople in West Bengal who participate in my accretive process. I seek to elevate the status and well-being of the anonymous craftsmen and women I collaborate with. I’m passionate about telling their stories and acknowledging their roles as they create beautiful hand-woven, hand-painted silk and cotton fabrics”

The Dublin Arts Council gallery is on the main level of the Dublin Arts Center, 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin, Ohio. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Admission and on-site parking are free of charge. Appointments are not necessary. Information: 614.889.7444

(photos courtesy of Anita Gopalaswamy)

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