RSS / Aabru Art, London, 2016

Mehnga Chaddar

A chaddar or sheet is a significant object in India. It is used to cover ones body when one dies. It is also used to signify the union between two people when they are wed. In religion, a chaddar is used to cover deities as a thanks giving or an offering. This chaddar has been painstakingly covered with thousands of 99% sterling silver grains.

It is a Mehnga chaddar or an expensive sheet - not in terms of the sheer work and expense that has gone into it, but in terms of our apathy towards the farmers who are killing themselves. Burdened under the life of drought, famine, barren land and loan sharks, sometimes that’s their only option.