An article written by Associate Professor of History Lisa Trivedi was recently published in an edited volume. “Making Women (In)visible?: homespun in the nationalist politics of dress and identity in modern India” is included in Woman’s Eye, Woman’s Hand.
Trivedi’s essay focuses on two important nationalist leaders – Sarladevi Chaudhurani and Sarojini Naidu – who played important roles by introducing the nationalist public to khadi. Both women were close associates of Mohandas K. Gandhi and advocates of his movement to revive the production of handspun handwoven cloth.
But, they also parted ways with Gandhi in terms of national aesthetics. Rather than shunning the aesthetic qualities of traditional cloth as did Gandhi, Naidu and Chaudhurani vigorously argued for the importance of India’s traditional textile arts as critical to defining modern India.
The essays in Woman’s Eye, Woman’s Hand reassess the contributions of women artists and architects to modern India. The book was published by Zuuban Books (New Delhi) and is distributed in the United States by the University of Chicago Press.