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Neha Puri Dhir, India: Shibori- Celebrating the beauty of unseen

Neha is a textile artist based in India. She has exhibited her work in various solo and group exhibitions in India and around the world such as Canada, Mexico, Latvia and the USA. Her work forms a part of many celebrated art collections such as Bass collection in the USA, the Tapi collection in India and Mark Rothko Art Center, Latvia. 

The artist believes in supporting the Indian craftsmen and in turn keeping alive their invaluable traditional arts; starting from cloth weavers from various craft clusters in India to educating and up-skilling of craftsmen and women from small Indian villages. 

Along with her art practice, design education has a special place in her heart. Over a period of past ten years, she has been associated with vast number of art and design schools with the sole aim of encouraging creative thinking in young and older minds. 

Shibori- Celebrating the beauty of unseen

Come join Neha Puri Dhir, textile artist from India, for an explorative workshop on Shibori- the ancient Japanese technique of resist dyeing on fabric. Experience the bold interplay of colours while unraveling the mysterious beauty of resist dyeing. Shibori involves different types of folding, stitching, twisting and compressing of fabric followed by multiple levels of dyeing to unfold alluring patterns on the fabric. The workshop will involve learning and working on different types of resist dyeing techniques such as stitch resist, clamp resist and shape resist. It will subtly graduate to contemporary adaptations of Shibori from the traditional ones and will leave you with creative possibilities to explore further. 

The workshop is recommended for all age groups. No prior knowledge of fabric and dyes is needed, just come wearing a set of clothes you can get dirty and bring your creativity along. Any basic knowledge of stitching will come in handy. The artist has a vast experience of conducting workshops at varied levels; from skilled traditional craftsmen to young students with no prior experience.