Par Nair: Silk Sarees from India
In the video below, Par Nair responds to a 19th-century sari [T94.0803] from the Gujarat region in India. Par is currently in the process of creating a body of work entitled Letters of Haunting, wherein she hand-embroiders letters of love, frustration, longing, and reaching to her mother on silk saris. Par addresses the perpetual longing in diasporic subjects for the mother, the mother tongue and the motherland, the three mothers that make you whole. She is interested in exploring and researching melancholia in diasporic and migrant journeys using decolonial methods and a return to ancestral knowledge and practices. Through objects and memories that are both intimate and estranged, she wishes to consider the effects of assimilation and fragmentation that migrant experiences hold.
Below is the image of the piece that inspired Par to create her response. Learn more about this piece in our online collection by clicking on the live link below.
Silk Saree/Dress [T94.0803]
Asia: South Asia, India, 1800 – 1899
From the Opekar / Webster Collection of the Textile Museum of Canada