REMINISCENT 

 

​Reinterpreting the fragrance industry, Reminiscent is an experimental sensorial collection that uses natural ways to integrate and infuse scents into handmade textiles through weaving, embroidery, and fragrant embellishments.

 

The sense of smell is a powerful catalyst to trigger memories and feelings of calm and comfort. Reminiscent explores the concept of scents for wellness and how fragrances can be expressed visually through color, patterns, and textures. It is a system of using textiles as aromatherapy to condense time and distance and create an immersive experience to reconnect with nature, nostalgia, home, and identity.

Reminiscent is currently on display at the Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington DE as part of the show 'Remembrances, Recollections, and Retrospect' from January 22-May 30, 2022.

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Role: designer, artist, material researcher

colorist

Timeline: January 2020 - May 2020

#sustainability #fragrance #sensorialtextiles

#nature #nostalgia #wellbeing

 

 

 

Many of us in urban environments crave the sensorial experience of being amidst nature. We are currently living in a time when we are going to see a rise in the number of people staying indoors. A time when emotional and mental well-being is becoming increasingly necessary and important. Reminiscent allows one to be able to reconnect with nature through scent.

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The ubiquitous nature of textiles and its applications is constantly progressing and evolving. We are inspired by the old, be it techniques, patterns, materials etc. and we allow that to impact or influence the future. Textiles seep deep into world history, culture and customs. Our landscapes are constantly evolving and with it the materials available; our craft is transitioning with technology, yet there is a growing necessity of retaining the handmade. Can textiles today also help with well-being? Can it interact with all our senses? 

​Through a collection of wall hangings, tapestries and room dividers that stimulates the senses beyond sight with a feeling of familiarity, I play with fragrances each bearing a strong connection with my South Indian heritage. By creating a coating for cotton yarn with wax and tree resin, colored with natural pigments and fragranced with oils, I have integrated scent into handwoven and embroidered textiles. I explore patterns and geometry, incorporating recycled sari silk in jeweled tones, fragrant vetiver root, and organza silk naturally dyed in earth hues. 

12” x 32” 

dyed cotton and chenille double weave with 
pockets of dried lavender and peppermint

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 | Flower market, Malleshwaram, Bangalore 2019 |  

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| Spices in the kitchen, Bangalore, 2020 |

| My grandmother’s dressing table, Bangalore, 2019 |

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| My grandmother's dresser,  Bangalore, 2020 |

I use only natural and biodegradable materials in my work and no harmful chemicals. I coat cotton yarn with filtered beeswax, a tree-based resin, natural pigments to provide colour and pure essential oils for fragrance. The yarn is cured for 24-48 hours before it is embroidered onto the naturally dyed silk fabrics.

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I use techniques of embroidery and weaving to integrate scent into textiles. My practice involves using natural ways to introduce the scent, working primarily with fragrant materials and coated yarn. The coating is wax-based combined with tree resin, pure essential oils, and colored with natural dyes and earth pigments.

 

 

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The sweet familiar fragrance of home, memories and celebration. The jasmine flower, 

reminiscent of South India, brings to mind thoughts of visits to flower markets, of weddings and 

celebrations, of garlands worn in women’s hair, and of the buds blooming in our gardens. 

It is one of my favorite scents. I play with transparency, light, distortion and pattern to elevate 

the delicate, feminine, airy aesthetics of its scent and its memories.

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Jasmine I

52" x 34"
Embroidery


Silk, jasmine-scented

cotton dyed with beetroot, indigo, and turmeric

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Textiles for Aroma Therapy

 

Scented room dividers and curtains that create a soothing and calming ambiance and can be used in spaces for healing and wellness.

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Jasmine II
41” x  44”

 

Un dyed silk organza, jasmine buds

|Accessible pockets to replace buds|

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The overwhelming smell of roses at the flower market that evokes feelings of love, 

happiness and passion. Rose garlands that adorn our deities at temples, the exchange 

of garlands between the bride and groom at weddings and the sweet smelling 

rose bush in my parents terrace garden.

 
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Roses in Bloom : A series of natural dye experiments
Embroidery

Rose-scented yarn, organza silk dyed with combinations of Rojo Quebracho, safflower, red sandalwood, and iron, 

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Rose
Handwoven

Pre-dyed handspun recycled sari silk and rose 

scented wax beads dyed with beetroot, hibiscus, chili and cutch

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Rose II

30” x 22” 

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Rose

13.5" x 11"
Handwoven

Pre-dyed hand-spun recycled sari silk and rose-scented wax beads dyed with beetroot, hibiscus, chili, and cutch

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Pungent, lemony and slightly sweet. I associate this fragrance with my school days, the citronella candles we lit on our terrace on humid summer evenings and the carefree times at summer camp, where we doused ourselves with odomos bug repellant to keep the mosquitoes away. 

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Citronella I

39" x 15.5"
Handwoven

Pre-dyed cotton and  citronella scented yarn dyed with turmeric, indigo, and chili

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Citronella II

35" x 16"
Handwoven

Pre-dyed cotton, recycled sari silk, and  citronella scented yarn dyed with turmeric, indigo and chili

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The layered, grounding, woody scent of the first rains hitting the parched summer earth. The roots of vetiver, a perennial bunch grass native to India, releases a complex aroma and a natural cooling effect when activated with water. Bringing Vetiver into urban spaces by taming its wildness through embroidery and weaves and introducing a sense of delicateness, fragility 

and dimension.

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Vetiver I, Vetiver II

44”; x 20";  32" x 20"  
Handwoven

 

Pre dyed cotton, vetiver root, vetiver scented wax beads dyed with cutch, turmeric, chilli

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Vetiver II

32” x  20”

 

Hand woven cotton, vetiver root, vetiver scented wax beads dyed with cutch, tumeric, chili

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Vetiver III

20” x 14” 

Handwoven

Handspun recycled sari silk with vetiver scented wax beads dyed with cutch, turmeric, and chili

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Vetiver IV

18” x  24”
Embroidery

 

Vetiver root, pre-dyed mercerized cotton
 

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Vetiver V

36" x 50"

Embroidery

 

Vetiver root, pre-dyed mercerized cotton

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Sandalwood smells like a musky, powdery and creamy wood. It brings to mind my grandmother’s dressing table and the smell of Mysore sandal soap and talcum powder that fills the air in her room when she steps out of the shower.

 
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Sandalwood

15” x 13.5” 

Embroidery

Sandalwood scented yarn dyed with cutch and beetroot, organza silk dyed with cutch, rojo quebracho, walnut, madder and iron

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Scented Textile Wall Coverings
 

Fragrant and naturally dyed wallpaper/coverings
that envelop you in your favorite scent

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The sweet and spicy scent of cloves reminds me of the spice rack in our kitchen at home, the tempering of our curries, the chewing of clove during a toothache. This fragrance is reminiscent of home and the holidays. 

 
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Handwoven

Clove scented  yarn dyed with beetroot, hibiscus, cutch and chilli

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Clove

Handwoven

Clove scented yarn dyed with beetroot, hibiscus, cutch, and chilli

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Natural fibers especially protein-based fibers like silk and wool are often prone 

to moth infestations that can cause 

damage to precious and expensive 

fabrics. Scents such as clove, rosemary

and lavender are natural pest repellants. Inspired by the ritual of keeping cloves 

in cupboards to preserve silk saris, 

scented woven casings/wrappings to store fabrics can be used to help preserve such textiles and keep moths at bay.

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Reminiscent at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

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Natural dyes and extracts can produce an infinite range of colors. Each recipe produces a different shade, intensity and saturation. A sprinkle of iron as a modifier can completely change a tomato red to a burnt rust or a lime yellow to an olive green. The beauty lies in not knowing what to expect and the surprise is left to nature as the collaborator.

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Rose tint natural dye experiments

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Sketches for citronella

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Natural dyes and extracts can produce an infinite range of colors. Each recipe produces a different shade, intensity and saturation. A sprinkle of iron as a modifier can completely change a tomato red to a burnt rust or a lime yellow to an olive green. The beauty lies in not knowing what to expect and the surprise is left to nature as the collaborator.

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