‘VASTRAM: Splendid World of Indian Textiles’ Curated by Shelly Jyoti opens in Muscat Oman

‘VASTRAM: Splendid World of Indian Textiles’  Curated by Shelly Jyoti opens in Muscat Oman


‘Vastram-Splendid World of Textiles’
Curated by Shelly Jyoti

As part of the celebrations of the 60th year of India Oman diplomatic relations, the Embassy of India Muscat exhibits textile collection belonging to  Indian Council of Cultural Relations ICCR, New Delhi. This textile exhibition further travels to Ethiopia, Turkey, Fiji and Nepal

Click to view select:Installation shots of the exhibits at Muscat Oman
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Site specific installation: Ajrakh: The Showers of Celebrations by Shelly Jyoti

PREVIEW: Thursday, October 15, 2015 Muscat, Oman

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Introduction: Indian textiles were a principal commodity in the trade of the pre-industrial age and were prized for their fineness in weave, brilliance in color, rich variety in designs and a dyeing technology which achieved a fastness of color unrivaled in the world. Both material and textual evidence attests to the consumption of Indian cloth from Gujarat to Sindh, Egypt to Iran & Central Asia, other countries in the west Asia from as early as 11th century.  By 15th Century, the export of cotton textiles to the markets in the Indian Ocean was on a large scale. From the 16th century Indian cottons achieved global reach by trade dominating world’s textile market.

‘Vastram’ collection features 37 traditional Indian textiles and a large site-specific installation in three categories of painted printed, woven-non-woven, embroidery and embellishments. The collection investigates the global influences on new materials, machine spun yarn for hand loom cotton and synthetic dyes for vegetable and mineral dyes.The role of Indian government after independence as how Indian textiles sustained with new techniques, technology introduction, research on documentation and yet conserving the traditions.

Click to view: The exhibit collection of VASTRAM




Medium: Mirror work on textile
Dimension: 77.5cm x 102.5cm
Source: Gujarat, India
Classification: Textile -Embroidery
Accession No :5/MGC(I)/13-T.E
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Medium: Silk
Dimension: 130cm x 79cm
Source: Kashmir, India
ClassificaIon: woven, Rug
Accession No:7.1/MGC(I)/13
Exhibition venues :


Muscat , Oman

Mekong Ganga Cooperation  Asian Traditional  Textiles Museum
Avenue 60m, Boeung Doun Pa, Sangkat Slorkram,
Siem Reap City , 17251


Miniature Artworks by Shelly jyoti as permanent exhibits at International Lincoln Centre, Louisana State University , Shreveport,USA

Miniature Artworks by Shelly jyoti as permanent exhibits at International Lincoln Centre, Louisana State University , Shreveport,USA

Miniature Artworks by Shelly jyoti as permanent exhibits at International Lincoln Centre, Louisana State University , Shreveport,USA

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final teapot PS 4DSC05156 low reslow resThese artworks were created for a paper titled ‘Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama: A Creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style’By Shelly Jyoti . Presented at The ATWS( Association of Third World Studies )conference  IIT Chennai 2013

Paper presentation at XVII International Conference,Goa

Paper presentation at XVII International Conference,Goa

XVII International Conference, Goa 21-24 December 2014 Venue: International Centre, Goa   SALT-A COLONIAL METAPHOR: RELEVANCE TODAY VERBAL, VISUAL AND NEW ART MEDIA By Shelly Jyoti Delhi based Artist, Poet and an Independent curator

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Abstract :My paper is an attempt to theorize my own artwork ‘Salt: The Great March 2013-14’ series I& II- A visual Art project. The Salt March series explore salt as a symbol of non-violence. The project is inspired by the Gandhi’s theory of satyagrah- a challenge to ones own truth with stress on self-purification, self-examination and self-assessment. Satyagrah stimulates our conscience and soul searching for the upliftment of all (sarvodaya). The “Salt” series explore khadi as a contemporary social movement visualized through art and traditional craft traditions and processes, seeking out the possibilities of bringing the khadi spirit into our daily lives. If by spinning, weaving and wearing khadi, can the commitment to individual action bring about a sense of pride in our nation in the 21st century? Can such an action bring about nationalistic feeling and significant changes in our society? The “Salt” series is a continuation of my earlier series, ‘Indigo Narratives (2008-14) that were inspired by an anti-colonial, nonviolence movement that took place in 1917-18 and also Gandhi’s first non-violence protest ‘champaran’ movement for indigo farmers in India. The works feature site-specific khadi fabric installations including clothing, 40 artworks utilizing Ajarkh textile traditions on khadi fabric and spoken poetry video film. To draw from ‘Parapolitics: Toward the City of Man’, can modern societies become genuine moral communities? According to Gandhi, they can. Gandhi’s vision of a Sarvodayan society is embryonic, but nonetheless engaging and stimulating explaining swadharma for individuals defining traditions and duty clearly. These works have been exhibited at IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts) New Delhi (Sept-Oct 2013):India International Centre, New Delhi (September 2014): The Museum Dakshin Chitra, Chennai (Oct -Nov2014) Lectures of the above at IGNCA New Delhi , Lalit kala Academy , Chennai, Apparao Galleries Chennai, New Delhi  2013-14 Scheduled venues: Baroda (2015): Gandhi memorial Centre Washington Dc 2015.

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‘Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama : A creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style’

‘Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama : A creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style’

“Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama: A Creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style”

By Shelly Jyoti Artist, Designer, Poet and an independent curator

View the full 23 min lecture at The ATWS conference  IIT Chennai

Video credits:  Dr Kehbuma Langmia

Image : ‘Lincoln ,Gandhi and Obama: A visual Dialogue’,Gouache  on  wasli paper,11×8 inches, 2013


Association of Third World Studies (ATWS)

31st Annual International  Conference

28-30 December 2013

Chennai, India                                            

Venue: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)

Erik H. Erikson records in his book “Gandhi’s Truths” that when Mahatma Gandhi met with the British viceroy in 1930 after the Indian salt protest campaign, Gandhi took some duty-free salt from his shawl and said with a smile that the salt should ” remind you of the famous Boston Tea Party’.

From the Boston Tea Party to Gandhi’s Salt March, struggles over economic issues have historically had great importance in anticolonial movements. This artwork has multiple parallels and references of Boston Tea party, blue pottery from china and Obama’s self-confessed wisdom derived from Lincoln and Gandhi.

Abstract: Using a visual language , I am exploring  within my recent artwork titled  ‘Lincoln ,Gandhi and Obama: A visual dialogue’(2013)  the commonalities between legends Lincoln and Gandhi, the two great political leaders of their times who fought for the freedom of their countrymen . Further they both have been personal mentors and inspiration to Obama . I am attempting to create the imagery in Persian miniature art form engaging by weaving a dialogue between Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama . As a contemporary artist, my works are centred on historical iconographic elements within the cultural context of Indian history. I explore and construct the hermeneutics of period histories, its contemporary representation of socio-economic and political inquiry within my art practice. This artwork is an extension of my previous projects ‘Salt: The Great March’(2013) and ‘Indigo Narratives’(2009-13) which examined Gandhiji’s involvement in freedom struggle as an anti-colonial resistant movements.

My paper would explore in facilitating a visual dialogue and also investigating the technique of traditional miniature artwork that originated from Persia and came in India through Mughals and still prevent in India in different styles.

‘Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama: A visual dialogue’(2013)  series of artworks will be discussed by   Mandakini V Jha(Dept of Sociology M.S university Baroda)in her paper titled “A Painting on Lincoln: Sociological Theory , Art and Artists”




Shelly Jyoti                                                                                                       

Artist, Designer, Poet and an independent curator


REVIEW 2013    Newsletter

January –April 2013


Chicago Cultural Centre IL USA

Public lecture: Chicago rooms, Chicago Art Galleries  IL

Talks: Art Institute of Chicago ,Textile Dept of chicago, DeePaul Univ chicago

In part supported by ICCR  New Delhi and Gujarat lalit kala Academy


Sept- October   2013


Re-contextualising Azrakh textile tradition in contemporary art and craft (Solo show)

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts IGNCA New Delhi

Catalog: Publication by IGNCA

Public lecture: Re-building a Sense of Nationalism , Lecture Hall at IGNCA

The show supported by IGNCA


November  2013

CARE package  C/o India (Group show of 5 Asian or Asian descent artists )

India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi India


November – January 2014


Gandhi Memorial Centre Washington DC

Supported by Embassy of India , ICCR  New Delhi


December 2013 Conferences


For  XVI International Conference, Forum for Contemporary Theory

Theme: “Translation, Comparatism and the Global South

Date: 15 – 18 December 2013  Mysore India


Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama: A Creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style

The 31st Annual conference of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS)

Theme:Prioritizing the Future:Continuing and change in the Global South in the 21st Century

28-30 December 2013

Chennai, India

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)


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