Majnu Khes is a cotton bedspread from Punjab and is celebrated as a cultural artefact in every Punjabi home. It is a textile that was once seen as a mundane object in a traditional Punjabi household, something that would be found in every home, but can now be classified as an antique. The project aimed at generating awareness about this textile craft and about how it was affected due to the partition of India. Illustrating narratives of a pre-Partition Punjab, the project informs the audience about the story of an ‘almost-extinct’ textile tradition through an exhibition. The exhibit further puts forth a hypothesis on the visual similarity between the Majnu Khes patterns and the floor-plans of the Mughal Charbaghs. The study, the revival, and exhibition, both of the aesthetics and the making of this craft, seek to provoke the viewer to question: Are identities that the partition of the subcontinent into Pakistan and India created, as distinct as they are made out to be?
Keywords: double cloth, Geometry, Majnu Khes, Partition, Pit-loom weaving
Student Name: Arjunvir Singh
Guide: Ms. Sucharita Beniwal, Co-Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das