The Charpai – Serendipity Arts Festival

The Charpai

If one were to imagine a single piece of furniture that is truly Indian, it would be the charpai. The charpai is a rectangular wooden frame having four legs (hence the word char pai), with a woven fiber/fabric as the surface. It is used across the Indian subcontinent, particularly in the hot and relatively dry regions of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The variant in the wet climates has a solid wooden surface. The project aims to explore the charpai from a historic and cultural point of view, and simultaneously carry it into the future by inviting leading thinkers and designers to interpret the charpai, and present it at the festival. The thematic extension of the charpai is achieved by placing them in multiple locations, positioning them in creative ways, thereby encouraging use as well as recognition of the charpai as furniture that is relevant and unique to India.


Special Project Curator Ayush Kasliwal
Curatorial Assistant Ramayudh Sahu
Collaborators AKFD Studio, Hem Singh, Poona Ram, Indi Store, Retyrement Plan, Bijoy Jain and Narendra Bhawan.
Special Thanks Association of Designers of India, Design Innovation & Craft Resource Centre (DRIC), Indian School of Design & Innovation (Mumbai), Creaticity (Pune), CEPT University (Ahmedabad), IICD (Jaipur), Pearl Academy (Delhi), Dr. Skye Morrison, Anand Belhe, Rashmi Ranade and Darpana Athale.

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