Lisa Trivedi, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of History, was a featured speaker in conversation with artist Shelly Jyoti, at "Mosaic of Indigo: Exploring Indigo Through Textile Art," at the South Asia Institute, Chicago, on Aug. 12.
Trivedi has been collaborating with the contemporary Indian artist, poet, and fashion designer since 2016 because of a common interest in Gandhian thought and the use of homespun, home woven cloth, or khadi, that was popularized during India’s struggle for Independence.
Jyoti creates ajrakh (reverse, resist dyed prints) using khadi to explore the colonial history of Indio and its impact on cultivators from India and the Caribbean to the U.S. South, in an exhibition "Indigo: The Blue Gold" on display until mid-December. Trivedi is working to place Jyoti's current exhibition at U.S. Museums in the coming year.