In late 2016, I found a beautiful new way to use my Treasure Trove of Tangail Borders. I started creating numbered, one-of-a-kind art-pieces: Woven Canvases! At the moment, we offer them as the chest panel of our P.F.I. T-Shirts.
The canvas creation process is a meditation for me. I start with a few hundred candidate borders (selected from thousands), playing with different hues and motifs. I fold and unfold, pleat and play, looking for a harmonious flow of color and form. I keep exploring alternatives until I am happy with the final composition.
I number and pin together the strips of folded fabric as I work and the finished piece is then stitched together. A thin layer of soft fusing is ironed onto the bottom of the collage for additional stability.
I create the collages using from 3 to 12 borders, but mostly they are assembled from 6 or 7. The panel is 11.5 to 12.5 cm. (4.53 to 4.92 in.) high when stitched, and from 25 to 35 cm (9.84 to 13.78 in.) wide.
Photography by Mathilde Hauser
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Auroville, which coincided with the launch of this line, we decided to number the first collage 50 1, or 501. The sequence then continues roughly in the order that I created them. Here you see a random selection of some of the canvases that have been created so far.