nelly sethna study



Nelly Sethna was an extraordinary weaver, craftsman and writer who emerged at the cusp of our Independence. Identified by her unique body of work that was far from the nationalist aesthetic expected of artists in post-independence India. She created using modernist ideas in an Indian vernacular: from an extensive range of hand-knotted and hand-woven tapestries in cotton and wool, to immersive ceramic murals. Sethna’s recent retrospective, “The Unpaved, Crusty, Earthy Road” adopted a seductive palette of browns, burnt siennas, mauves. (to learn more, take a minute to view Sethna’s online retrospective)

Drawing upon techniques of various tapestry artists, we took a stab at creating a technique and tapestry of our own. We laboriously cut up individual strips of Aeromul, and sew them into long multi-colored ropes. We then devised, through playful trial and error, a palette that could be woven together in numerous patterns and numerous ways, using a classic basket weave. Traditional craftsmanship meets modern pattern-making in a stylized, kimono-cut jacket. This kimono works as an object, to be hung as a tapestry on your wall.


Sizing and Styling:

The model’s height is 5’7 ft and she comfortably fits in a free size. This kimono is designed to fit with a bit of room. If a statement kimono is what you are looking for, reach out to us and we can help guide you on how to accurately size this style. The model is wearing it paired with a classic black turtleneck and a slinky pair of shorts. It is the perfect throw over solids, with a pair of heels for a special gallery party. Before you choose to buy this style online, we encourage you to reach out to us on offline with a photograph of yourself—to help us guide you in picking the correct size—since each piece is made to order and is not eligible for an exchange / return / refund.

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