This short film accompanies Tara Books' new cloth book - The Cloth of the Mother Goddess. Hand block-printed on textile panels, the book recreates a ritual textile art form known as Mata-Ni-Pachedi. The film takes the viewer from the process of making these images to the stories behind them, through the words and work of artist Jagdish Chitara.
Traditionally, these votive cloth are made by artisans from the underprivileged Vaghari community in Gujarat, for their equally marginalized clients. Worshippers offer these images of their guardian goddess to herself, so they are in essence cloth shrines. Gifting a piece of creation to the creator is considered the highest form of worship and this poignant practice, by so-called lower caste groups, is a sublime and universal conception of the power of art.