I chose to work on jute / burlap for my present series and started to collect them from coffee places that were discarding them.
Jute / burlap is manufactured in countries like India and Bangladesh, from the jute plant. The fibres are natural, biodegradable and very sturdy. The woven jute fibre is then used to make bags to transport agricultural produce across the globe. The bags I collected had travelled thousand of kilometres, before they reached me in my atelier. By using them to paint on and allowing them to have a voice of their own, they not only had a new lease of life, but also a voice to tell their story.
It is also our own story, a story that many of us are part of.
For my next series of works, I plan to use Khadi. More about it, in my next post!