Creator: Lyala Khan
Date Created: 31st January, 2017
Name of document: Traditional Scarf
Location: Asia House Courtyard, Oberlin College
Context: This is a traditional Indian scarf designed and weaved by a group of women in Himachal Pradesh, a state in India.
Potential Relevance: For the women engaged in this type of handicraft, the art represents their home. Wherever they see and are able to create art is home for them. In the current political climate in India and all over the world, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to identify what your home is. While many view their home as a physical place or country, these women associate the idea of home with their art. In this way, they feel that any physical place can be home as long as they are able to make art there. This scarf has significance for me because it marks the beginning of my fascination with art and it acts as a reminder to the places that I feel at home.