India Street Bazaar compares Scotland’s lost textile industry and India’s thriving crafts, taking the history of the former Turkey Red Industry (from the West of Scotland) as a starting point.
Seven designers from India and Scotland: Laura Spring, Lokesh Ghai, Charlotte Linton, People Tree, Emlyn Firth, Raw Mango and Gabriella Marcella, were invited to explore and respond to the Turkey red archive (in particular the Bombay Sample Book) from the National Museum Scotland. They produced designs that evoke aspects of this industry whilst reflecting their own practice. The result is a range of garments and textile products, produced in India, presented alongside the story of their concept, process and production. The exhibition was conceived of, and curated by Katy West in collaboration with Tramway.
This project has taken place through long-distance conversations and a workshop based in Gujarat, India, enabling multi-platforms to discuss ethics around design, production and distribution. The project aims to trial and support responsible production in ways that are sustainable, both ethically and economically. Working with small businesses, NGO’s, industries on one, and independent artisans, each aspect of production highlights positive ways to collaborative and commission, and highlight how small industries can make a big impact on global trade.
The final designs at Tramway will highlight ways to consider slow-fashion through limited editions which give an insight into the print-making process and production of the designs by hand in India.
The products will be on display from Friday 10 June to Sunday 24 July 2016.
For more information about the exhibition please visit Tramway.