Friday, January 18, 2008

The Working Traveller - Part 2 Noorjehan Bilgrami

Noorjehan Bilgrami

In this, the second of four episodes, Noorjehan Bilgrami speaks about how she first found out about the traditional art of ajrakh blockprinting and how attempts to sustain and revive this elaborate and skilled craft led to her own studio, Koel. Noorjehan is an artist, textile designer, and researcher. She was one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and its first Executive Director. Years of research into ajrak, led to the publication Sindh jo Ajrak and later to the making of the documentary Sun, Fire, River, Ajrak Cloth from the Soil of Sindh.

The Working Traveller was a workshop held at the Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007. The panel consisted of John Gillow, Noorjehan Bilgrammi, and Charllotte Kwon. Each member of the panel spoke about their personal experience as a working travller, how they got started, the reason for their journeys and how travel and the interaction with other cultures has changed their lives.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 17, 2007
Posted January 2008