Forgotten Carpets of the Jaipur Court: Craft and the Promise of the Archive

Forgotten Carpets of the Jaipur Court: Craft and the Promise of the Archive

Venue Old GMC Complex
Discipline Craft
Curated by Pramod Kumar KG

Date 15 Dec | 16 Dec | 17 Dec | 18 Dec | 19 Dec | 20 Dec | 21 Dec | 22 Dec | 23 Dec
Time 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

An exhibition of photographs, a royal court, feuding families, and the story of how India has almost lost a craft archive.
January 2020 saw a cache of black & white carpet photographs emerge in the Jaipur market. A young photography collector with a carpet business acquires the set of 161 vintage photographs as a source of inspiration for his design studio. Unknown to him then, was the fact that he had saved a visual record of India’s greatest historic carpet collection that had survived into the 20th century. These photos, the only known set in the subcontinent were taken in 1929 of the Jaipur Palace’s historic carpet collection. An archive that has fallen out of public memory and a collection that remains inaccessible to this day. ‘Craft & the Promise of the Archive’ will be an exhibition that uses these 161 surviving photographs to illuminate the poignant state of craft documentation and archives within India. The exhibition will detail out the fascinating story of documenting Jaipur’s carpets and the fact that most of these reports from nearly a century ago continue to remain out of public domain.
Exhibition design: Abhay Narkar and Aparna Nambiar, Vertex Inc.
Scenography by Vertex Inc 

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