The Cloth of the Mother Goddess


Exquisite hand block printed textile book in the form of a cloth shrine.

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Jagdish Chitara

This textile book tells the story of the origins of Mata-Ni-Pachedi, the ritual ‘Cloth of the Mother Goddess’. Traditionally created by artisans from the nomadic Vaghari community in Gujarat, these votive cloths offer a painted image of the goddess to herself. Gifting a piece of creation to the creator is considered the highest form of worship. Hand block-printed on textile, this limited-edition artists’ book is in the form of a cloth shrine. It pays tribute not only to a sublime conception of the power of art, but also to the labour involved in creating it. Each copy is accompanied by a facsimile paper storyboard, featuring text that takes the reader through the various panels. The new edition provides contextual information printed on a textile cover that unwraps in layers.



Read a blog post by Gita Wolf — The Cloth of the Mother Goddess: From Ritual Art to Cloth Book — that comprehensively explores the making and makers behind the second edition of this votive textile book.

Weight 380.0 kg
Dimensions 255 × 255 × 15 cm



Block-printed on cloth


24 panels


Limited edition of 500


Reusable voile sleeve


Korean: Borim Press



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