Earlier this autumn, Serendipity Arts Foundation collaborated with the Indian Institute of Art & Design, a premier higher education institution that is committed to furthering the cause of design as an enabler for social change, and the HELP Foundation, a multi-faceted NGO in Kashmir that provides educational, psychological, and socio-economic support to the people of the region.
Over the course of a weeklong workshop with women who have been empowered to work as trained artisans and embroiderers, we asked them to respond to the idea of Christmas, and what it means to them. Through sketching sessions, activities, and conversations, the artists put their own spin on an unfamiliar holiday by creating ornaments blended with Kashmiri motifs they’ve known all their lives—the Chinar leaf, willow branches, apple blossoms and the paisley print.
This little gift from Kashmir to Goa is a window into the intricate work of these women artists, and a small symbol of their resilience and strength. We hope to bring some Christmas cheer !!