khwaabgaon: Jungle Mahal’s Khwaabgaon hosts a textile printing workshop to develop residents’ skills for employment
The three-day workshop was chaired by internationally renowned designer Paresh Chatterjee. He advised the mentors through the dyeing and block printing process and also instructed them to use onion skins as a natural dye which turned the white mulmul fabric into a vibrant earthy green. “The village children turned out to be the most enthusiastic participants. Besides using the available fabric, some even took off their t-shirts to paint them on the spot,” said Mrinal Mandal, curator and coordinator of the Khwaabgaon project. from Chalchitra Academy.
Over the past four years, he has held several such workshops to develop the visual vocabulary of children in Khwaabgaon, who belong to the marginalized Lodha-Sabre community. “Their reception of the artwork and their ability to grasp the flow of the workshop is certainly encouraging,” said Mrinal, who plans to set up a textile printing studio in the village as well as a production line to facilitate the creation of authentic Khwaabgaon wares.