Banjara women with their pretty bags

Near Colour Box, our brand new workshop and exhibition space in Dharavi, we found this group of Banjara women who work as labourers. They were taking a break from carrying cement and kept themselves occupied by doing some very intricate embroidery with beads. They embroidered patches of jeans which looked psychedelic and stunning. These are recycled pieces which some women do very painstakingly as wedding gifts to other women in the community. They have little bells and mirrors worked into them as well. We asked if these were for sale and the women replied that these weren’t. We hope to call them soon to one of our workshops and share their embroidery skills with us.