Film | Weaves of Maheshwar (2016), and other select works by Storyloom Films

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"Weaves of Maheswar" film still
"Weaves of Maheswar" film still
Film directors Keya Vaswani, and Nidhi Kamath
Film directors Keya Vaswani, and Nidhi Kamath

ABOUT THE EVENT

Film | Weaves of Maheshwar (2016), and other select works by Storyloom Films

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In honor of our current special exhibition In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut, we are screening a series of films created by Nidhi Kamath and Keya Vaswani, two filmmakers of StoryLoom Films. Over the course of three years they have documented the work of female weavers of Tripura, a state in Northeast India, and Maheshwar, a town in Madhya Pradesh state in Central India, in a series of short yet impactful films.

Maheshwar is a riverside town in Central India, which has served as the center for weaving since the 5th century, and is home to India's finest handloom traditions. Weaves of Maheshwar focuses primarily on the young women weavers which have been flocking to the area, playing a pivotal role in reviving this ancient craft.

The filmmakers comment on their work, "We have traveled across the country. We live in cities and talk about women being independent. But the women in Tripura are much more independent than us. They put their children on their back slings and are ready for work. They do everything, sending kids to school, cooking, farming and take care of the home and cattle. They are super talented weavers as well, which is something they do when they have time. They're feminist in the true sense."

In total, a series of five short films will be screened: Weaves of Maheswar; Weaving—The Lost Tradition; Chandrani—The Pasra Weaver; Pardita—Weaving Threads Through Tradition; and Shondha—Giving Flight to Dreams.

During the film, popcorn and beverages will be available for sale. Following this, there will be a short tour of In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut.

Admission

Free with Museum admission

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