The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents an installment of its Fowler Films series on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. with “Mihin Sutta, Mihin Jibon (The Women Weavers of Assam),” an in-person event at the museum.
Enjoy a special screening of the award-winning documentary focused on a group of women weavers working at the Tezpur District Mahila Samiti in India’s northeastern state of Assam. Director and UCLA professor Aparna Sharma and Syona Puliady, co-curator of “Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings,” will discuss the stories of local artisans who produce embroidered and handloom-woven goods in India.
“Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings” is on view through March 26. The exhibit highlights Jain devotional textiles (chhoda) from the Ronald and Maxine Linde Collection, promised gifts to the Fowler Museum. Eye-catching works of velvet and sateen cloth lavishly embroidered with gold and silver gilt thread, chhoda offer visual references to Jain mythology, influential spiritual teachers, sacred sites, ritual traditions and crucial religious themes. In addition to objects from the Linde Collection, which were acquired in the western Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the installation includes photographs documenting the use of chhoda in personal and public shrines by Jain adherents in Southern California.
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is located at 308 Charles E. Young Drive North. For information, visit fowler.ucla.edu.
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