Indian tradition of darning subject of talk by visiting artist

19 October

A fascinating insight into the Rafoogari tradition of darning will be the subject of a free talk by Indian textile artist Priya Ravish Mehra at 2pm on Thursday 20 October 2011 at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

As a freelance textile artist based in Dehli, Priya's latest project Making the Invisible Visible, focuses on the 'Rafoogari' tradition of darning. This is a highly specialised skill that has evolved from mending the woollen Pashmina shawls of Kashmir, and is still practiced by the Rafoogars in Priya's home town of Najibabad.

Accompanied by two darners, Priya hopes to highlight the work of the Rafoogari so the social and historical context of their labour is revealed to the world.

During their visit to the North-east Priya, Intekhab and Zahir will conduct a month-long workshop in Huntly which has its own unique textile history due to its linen boom in the 18th century.

Anyone who has items of cloth or textile such as Kashmir, Paisley or any other traditional Scottish material that is in need of darning is welcome to get in touch by email to or visit Priya in the empty shop, Bogie Street, Huntly.