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Quilts made by Mumbai slums dwellers may soon go global

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 7:20am IST | Agency: dna

Quilts (goddhadis) made by women in the slums surrounding the city airport along with art works similar to those presently donning the 3-km long art wall in Terminal 2 may soon find their way into your drawing rooms, as MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Ltd) will soon make it available on-line.

"The new on-line platform that is being developed will help in reviving the dwindling ancient art forms and take them to a global audience," said an airport insider.

The names and contact details of the artists are displayed along with the art work. But only passengers travelling through T2 are able to see it. Once the on-line merchandising platform is launched, art lovers will be able to directly contact these artists even without once visiting the new terminal, sources said.

Rajeev Sethi, a prominent scenographer, who helped MIAL set up the art wall, during an interaction in January told dna that he had felt guilty while visiting the slums surrounding the airport. "The women in the slums had hung these quilts stitched using several pieces of clothes on the boundary wall of the airport. It was only after seeing them that I realised such amazing work of Indian art was going unnoticed. I then decided to give it exposure through the art museum at T2." Sethi was not available for comment on Saturday.

The quilts, which cover 200×11 feet of the 3km-long art work known as Jaya Hai, has been stitched by around 35 women from Samrat Ashok Nagar area at Chakala in suburban Andheri. These women were initially surprised when Sethi approached them asking them to make quilts for the new terminal's art wall.

The quilts, which are called Goddhadis in local Mumbai tongue, is mostly stitched by women in the slums, using cheap pieces of clothes they buy locally.

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