The work is based on a myth about the origin of weaving narrated by a weaver Sukhman from Nagarnar a village in central India.
“Navjot’s meditative video-poem returns grace and dignity to the figure of the artisan, not by creating a ‘work of art’, but by reflecting consciously on the act of labour itself. This lyrical account has a philosophical density that will outlive an anthropologist’s limited scrutiny, a developmentalist’s weakness for value judgment. The world is marked by many lines that need to be wiped out, many rips in the cloth that require mending. Like Navjot, we could begin by drawing the lines in reverse and in doing so, erase them.”
Nancy Adajania: catalogue essay–‘ Water Weaving : Some Reflections on Navjot’s Video Poem’ 2005‘
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