‘Yatra’

is

an ancient Sanskrit word meaning JOURNEY

THE EXHIBITION

Opening Speech by Robin Shakespeare

Opening Speech by Robin Shakespeare

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Exhibition Launch

Exhibition Launch

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Opening Speech by Rolf Killius

Opening Speech by Rolf Killius

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Dignitaries and Visitors

Dignitaries and Visitors

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Dignitaries and visitors

Dignitaries and visitors

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Visitors at Exhibition

Visitors at Exhibition

Photographed by Sudipta Modi

Lata Desai and Shariffa

Lata Desai and Shariffa

Visitors at the Main Exhibition

Visitors at the Main Exhibition

Photographed by Sudipta Modi

Visitors at Sari Exhibition

Visitors at Sari Exhibition

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Exhibition Launch

Exhibition Launch

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Subrang Dancers at launch

Subrang Dancers at launch

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

Subrang Dancers at launch

Subrang Dancers at launch

Photographed by Saleel Tambe

 

‘Yatra’ is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning journey.

 

‘Gujarati Yatra’ refers to the journey made by people from their original homeland in Gujarat on the west coast of India, to the south and east of Africa and finally on to Britain and other western countries.

 

This exhibition tells the stories of the individuals and communities who made this journey, through their objects and oral histories.

 

These stories also reveal the art, language, literature, food and religion of the Gujarati people and how these were preserved and adapted in different cultures. The history of the Gujarati Yatra is intertwined with, and helps us understand, changes in politics, trade, business, education and migration from the period before British rule in India to the present day.

 

The exhibition is inspired by Subrang Arts, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and curated by Rolf Killius and Lata Desai in partnership with the Museum of Croydon.

 

Subrang Arts is a Croydon-based, Gujarati community organisation. The community activist Lata Desai and the ethnomusicologist and oral historian Rolf Killius, worked with them to create the exhibition and events programme. In this way the Gujarati community members have co-curated the exhibition.

 

 

 

TRAVELLING OBJECTS

Garbh Deep (Clay Pot)

Garbh Deep (Clay Pot)

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Kutchi wall hanging

Kutchi wall hanging

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Parsee frame 2

Parsee frame 2

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Thalo

Thalo

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Aarti Plate

Aarti Plate

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Beaded Hindori

Beaded Hindori

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Masai necklace 2

Masai necklace 2

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Vaghariyu

Vaghariyu

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Bohara cap

Bohara cap

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

African Kanga bandhani

African Kanga bandhani

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Beaded Narial (coconut)

Beaded Narial (coconut)

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Baal Krishna

Baal Krishna

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

Stone Grinder

Stone Grinder

Photo-documentation by Saleel Tambe

TEXTILE EXHIBITION

Embroidery gallery 2

Embroidery gallery 2

embroidery gallery

embroidery gallery

Embroidery Gallery 21

Embroidery Gallery 21

embroidery gallery 11

embroidery gallery 11

Embroidery gallery 5

Embroidery gallery 5

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Surat Silk Saree

Rajkot Patodu

Rajkot Patodu

Patan Patodu

Patan Patodu

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