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I paint with a kalam, in stillness yet creating motion, a dance of the undulating
trees with a thousand little steps and details. Forever in present yet I travel in time, paying tribute to the many unknown artisans, their heritage resonating
within me.
  Chintz originated as a hand painted, mordant and resist-dyed patterned cotton cloth from India. It was made for domestic markets and exported to Southeast Asia and West Asia as far back as the fifth century AD and finally to Europe and onward to the Americas in the seventeenth century.

    Chintz is proof of a dialogue in history, a conversation between cultures across continents that forever globalized textile design. A conversation that was interpreted correctly and sometimes misinterpreted resulting in something exotic to both sides. One can still see a shout or a whisper of it today.

    The complexity involved in making chintz and the lost art of fine resist are some of the reasons that led me to work with chintz; to fulfill my need to work with my hands, and my desire to learn, to experiment, to discover.

~ Renuka Reddy

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