Thread Infused with Scent Embellishes Embroidered and Woven Textiles to Stimulate Memories


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“Jasmine I” embroidery on silk organza with jasmine-scented yarn dyed with hibiscus, beetroot, indigo, and turmeric, 36 x  54 inches. All photographs © Pallavi Padukone, shared with permission
Scent, reminiscence, and emotion are inextricably certain collectively within the human mind, making it doable {that a} single sniff evokes emotions of enjoyment, consolation, and calm related with an expertise. Pallavi Padukone makes use of this inherent connection in Reminiscent, a sequence of six fiber-based works infused with naturally derived fragrances, all of which the textile artist and designer equates with her hometown of Bangalore, India.
Part aromatherapy and half nostalgic stimulus, the fiber items hold from the ceiling as delicate, sheer curtains which might be accessible from all sides. Padukone weaves and embroiders utilizing thread that’s lined in a wax-and-resin substance she developed by way of trial-and-error. “The testing part for the coated yarn concerned sampling weave constructions and embroidery methods that had been finest fitted to the yarn. I saved a report of swatches as a check of their sturdiness and how lengthy the scent and coloration final when uncovered to warmth and gentle,” she says.
 
“Sandalwood,” handset and machine embroidered sandalwood scented yarn dyed with cutch and beetroot over layered organza silk dyed with cutch, rojo quebracho, walnut, madder, and iron, 13.5 x 15 inches
Infused with clove, vetiver, jasmine, citronella, sandalwood, or rose, the cotton yarns are also hand-dyed naturally, pulling out the golden coloration of turmeric and rusty tones from cutch and beets to pair with a corresponding aroma. “It’s ironic that I occurred to select scent throughout a time when sporting masks is the brand new regular,” Padukone tells Colossal. “While the fantastic thing about olfactory artwork is that it has to be skilled in individual, I take advantage of textiles, patterning, and coloration as a method to visually signify my depiction of the perfume’s persona.” A yellow and inexperienced patchwork, for instance, emits the grassy, lemon-like aroma of citronella, whereas candy, musky sandalwood is paired with thick, summary coils of yarn on sepia-toned silk.
Although the scents are embedded in most of the works, tiny accessible pockets cowl the undyed organza in “Jasmine II,” guaranteeing Padukone can exchange the flower buds. She’s presently exploring different strategies that enable replenishment contemplating most fragrances final between one and three months. The transience of despatched, although, is a part of its enchantment. She explains:
I discover magnificence in impermanence and how every textile’s coloration, construction, perfume adjustments over time. In this assortment, I’ve included handspun recycled sari silk and cotton for my weaves and embroider on organza silk. I’m drawn to the sheerness of the material, the best way it interacts with gentle to visually evoke the ephemeral expertise of perfume.
Padukone lives and works in New York, and you possibly can see extra of Reminiscent and different textile-based initiatives on her website and Instagram.
 
“Citronella I,” handwoven pre-dyed cotton and citronella scented yarn dyed with turmeric, indigo, and chili, 16 x 40 inches
“Sandalwood,” handset and machine embroidered sandalwood scented yarn dyed with cutch and beetroot over layered organza silk dyed with cutch, rojo quebracho, walnut, madder and iron, 13.5 x 15 inches
Photo by Olivia Koval
Photo by Olivia Koval
“Jasmine I” embroidery on silk organza with jasmine-scented yarn dyed with hibiscus,  beetroot, indigo, and turmeric, 36 x  54 inches.
“Jasmine II,” un-dyed silk organza, jasmine buds, 41 x 44 inches

#embroidery
#fiber artwork
#scents
#textiles
#weaving

 
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