Brinda Dudhat

Born 1995, Gujarat, India
Lives and works Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

LOTE: Gujarati, Hindi

About

Drawing from extensive experience collaborating with craft communities across India, Brinda reshapes the convergence of art and design through Morii Design, founded with her husband Sonu in 2019.

Morii’s works emerge from a co-creative process between Brinda and women artisans from nine villages, primarily in Gujarat and Bihar. These villages harbour five distinct crafts, including embroideries of the Rabari and Jat communities of Kutch, as well as Sujni embroidery of Bihar. Additionally, Morii collaborates with a block printer family from Bela village and a weaver family from Sarli village in Kutch.

These artisans bring Brinda’s intuitively produced visions to life, weaving aesthetic languages developed over centuries into each piece. This innovative blend of deep-rooted craft traditions and contemporary abstract art births a ‘contemporary heritage’. Brinda and Sonu’s efforts through Morii Design not only honor India’s rich textile legacy but also revitalise age-old practices overshadowed by copy-markets and mass machine production.

Artist Statement

Through our textile installation, we initiate a dialogue on the profound impact of climate change on natural landscapes, highlighting humanity's central role in this narrative.

Our seven-panel artwork, meticulously crafted on handwoven organic cotton, merges Bela block printing, Sujni embroidery from Bihar, and mirror embroidery by Rabari women in Kutch.

The Bela block print, once vibrant and alive, now stands on the brink of extinction as its main river dwindles under the weight of climate change. The transition from blue to red climate stripes within the Bela print symbolises the dynamic evolution of cultural codes in contemporary society.

Through the textures of Sujni embroidery, we seek to bring forth the essence of threatened natural landscapes, hoping to evoke empathy and understanding in every viewer.

And through the reflective gaze of Rabari mirror work, we invite introspection, asking us all to ponder our individual roles in this delicate dance between humanity and nature.

Acknowledgements & Collaborators

We are grateful for the support of Khamir, a Kutch-based NGO that provided the infrastructure for block printing to Mansukhbhai, the last Bela printer. We spent months exploring block printing with Mansukhbhai in the beautiful campus of Khamir. Secondly, we are thankful to the women artisans, masters of hand-embrodiery, based in the villages of Kutch and Bihar who have been working with us for over five years now. Their trust in our practice has given us the power to continue doing what we do.

Exhibiting at

Holmes à Court Gallery @No.10

Situated in the heart of The Pickle District in Gooyaman, West Perth.

Address

10 Douglas Street, West Perth, WA 6005