Charkha (spinning wheel) and Kargha (loom) weavers
Taking its title from Charkha (spinning wheel) and Kargha (loom), the exhibition featured over 100 rare items dating back to the foundational collections acquired by the Powerhouse since the 1880s.
In addition to their beauty, many of the textiles featured in the exhibition incorporated spinning, weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques. Highlights included block-printed textiles, known as Fustat fragments, believed to be made in Gujarat in the 1400s.
Charkha and Kargha coincided with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence on 15 August 2022. The exhibition demonstrated the role textiles played in India’s movement towards independence from colonial rule.Charkha and Kargha is presented by Powerhouse with the support of the Consulate General of India, Sydney.
Our sincere thanks to Associate Professor Dr. Chaitanya Sambrani of the School of Art and Design, Australian National University for his support as curatorial advisor. Thanks also to Liz Williamson and Christina Sumner for their advice. The exhibition was curated by Dr Pedram Khosronejad and assistant curator Alysha Buss with exhibition design by Hugh O’Connor. The project was managed by Anna Gardner and realised with the support of a multidisciplinary team of Powerhouse staff and collaborators.