This project shows how the student and her mother find ways to address and heal from their personal and trans-generational trauma which they inherited from their Dalit-Christian ancestry. Using embroidery and knitting (pursuits passed down through matrilineage) skills women have used as a tool of political voice and expression of justice. Through these skills, the duo try to unburden themselves of the misogyny and casteism inflicted upon them. As two Dalit women who practice flâneuse, the duo formulates new subaltern approaches to reassert their identity in public spaces, in a city where they are continually marginalised. Along with working in physical geographies, they also attempt to locate trauma through psychosocial geographies. Through a series of inter-media practices which primarily uses photographs, audio, cartography (the idea of maps from memory), and textile techniques, the project navigate through the history of the duo’s shared matrilineage.
Keywords: Dalit ancestry, embroidery, flâneuse, personal history, trauma