MUD, MIRROR AND THREADS
Courtesy Grassi Museum
Finding Inspiration in every turn
In several workshops women from South London and the Neasden temple in Brent created art pieces based on the rich tradition of Gujarati embroidery and mural craft called ‘Lippan art’.
For the embroidery, the women took inspiration from romantic, architectural, human motifs as well as Persian and Mughal art. Bright colours, mirrors, flowers, birds, peacocks, elephants and dancers – all form part of the rich tradition of Gujarati embroidery.
Lippan art is traditionally created on the walls of the Bhunga round houses in Kutch. These scintillating murals decorated with mud and mirrors bring gaiety and beauty to the generally harsh life of the people living in this arid part of Gujarat. Mud mirror work has gathered attention in the modern world for its intricate pattern and aesthetic perfection. Therefore today one can find these creations in pieces of wall decorations in urban homes as well as in international art exhibitions.