Pragati for Arastan

OMG Pragati! My reaction at seeing the first few pieces of the collection she has done for us. Of course I want to keep several but have to behave myself! Here is a bit about this lovely lady and the amazing collection she has created for us.

Pragati for Arastan

Pragati for Arastan

Pragati (Toshniwal ne Mathur) hails from Bundi in Rajasthan. She studied Textile Technology and Art from Sophia in Bombay and started weaving after graduating. One loom became ten over the years and she became  known for her sarees and upholstery. She says she always knew she wanted to be an artist and an archaeologist. Her inspiration coming from traditional architecture, textile and  jewellery, all available in plentiful in the havelis she grew up in Rajasthan. Her strength is clearly in using contemporary ways of using hand worked textile.

The limited edition items she has designed for Arastan are functional while retaining their origin and authenticity. The collection includes cushions, throws, runners, ottomans and quaint furniture in two styles – one quirky and funky while the other more traditional and vintage. The collection really does bring together the mystique and connections of the silk route. Prices range between Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 25,000 and the collection is available to our Bangalore clients at the store from Thursday 6 to Friday 14 September and then at Artisans in Mumbai from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 September. Come see for yourself!

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  1. Archana Patel
    Posted 6 September 2012 at 13:04 | Permalink

    The fabric in Pragati’s photograph reminds me of the Suzanis in Uzbekistan. Those are embroidered.

  2. Mike
    Posted 9 September 2012 at 16:26 | Permalink

    Hi Archana

    Well spotted: they are indeed embroidered suzanis from Nisha’s visits to Uzbekistan! Pragati has been helping turn them into some wonderful furniture and accents: we have some ready and in our Bangalore store and will have some more to show in Mumbai at Artisans’ from 20-22 September. These pictures above are the “before” and “in production” shots – hope you get to see the finished pieces in person!

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