#7 Mumbai_Palast

By Jyotika Purwar & Martina Spies

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29 07 17 — 23:44

Saree Story #6 – The Queen Of Hearts

Deepa, in a beautiful Mul Queen of Hearts saree with the leaf pattern block printed and an ikkat blouse with sequins

Facebook likes have immense power. I started following Queen of Hearts as pictures of friends wearing really cool funky sarees showed up on my timeline. I would drool at the…
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18 07 17 — 17:53
29 06 17 — 2:30


Dr Sarika Srivastava a not so young anaesthetist happened to cross roads with me on the wilful wearing of a saree by a contemporary woman.   She says she always had the…
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27 06 17 — 8:57

Saree Story No. 4: Ajrakh – Rooted in tradition

Amongst the saree and textile connoisseurs, Pracheen is considered a hidden gem in the city of Mumbai. Located in the busiest part of the city- in the narrow by lanes of Mohammed Ali Road, Pracheen is a Ajrakh studio run by Sarfraz Khatri and his father Ahmed Khatri.


I met Sarfraz at his workshop several months ago on a photo assignment and was completely mesmerized by the process in which the block printed fabrics are created. The rhythmic sound of the wood blocks making contact with the fabric stretched on long tables, the absolutely neat repetition of patterns, and the layering of colours over time.

Sarfraz is very conscious of the need to practice slow design in the textile industry, where a block printed saree could take 3 months average to make. He also is…
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24 06 17 — 13:40


The first thing you notice about Ketaki, the moment she walks into a room, is the stylish flair and ease with which she wears a saree. Its not just the…
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18 06 17 — 18:06


I caught up with Urvashi Saxena on the eve of her 72nd birthday. I have known Urvashi for all of my life as my father’s colleague and a dear family friend. Over the years, I have been enthralled by her narration of stories of adventures as a woman government senior official. Her stories range from the length and breadth of this country. From interactions with people from tiny villages to some of the most wealthy and powerful people in our country, Urvashi’s stories are filled with humble wonderment.


I chatted with Urvashi about her sarees throughout her career, with stories from her young teenage years to her current favorites.

Urvashi Saxena: I’m going to be 72 years old in two days By religion I am a Hindu.   What are your earliest memories wearing a saree? My earliest memory…
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17 06 17 — 22:35

SAREE STORY #1: 100 Days of Sari-tude

I met Monika a few years back at a food blogger conference in Bangalore. She is well known in food scene and at the time was running her own baking…
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13 06 17 — 20:22

The Journey

Saree Shopping at the Jama Masjid Area

The Mangaldas market, one of the largest textile markets in Mumbai

Round-up of the sarees, two at a time as per the drawing

30 06 17 — 16:00



Der Saree als vergeschlechtlichte soziokulturelle Identität

During the world exhibition we deal with the traditional Indian cloth, the Saree, a five to six meter long rectangular cloth which basically consists of three parts: the paluv (also…
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Jyotika Purwar

My background and education is in interior architecture with interdisciplinary approach. I have a Master in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor in Interior Design from CEPT, Ahmedabad. I have worked in places like Chicago and New York for several years as a design educator before moving back to Mumbai. Here along with interior architecture, I have worked extensively in the fields of branding design and strategy, advertising, retail point-of-sale activation and experience design for real estate. Currently, I am working as an experience designer at Godrej Properties Ltd.. My role specifically is to design the entire life style propositions of our various properties across India.

Martina Spies

Martina Spies holds a PhD in architecture, is a builder and activist. In 2013 she and her father founded the organization Anukruti, which builds playgrounds on vacant urban sites within slums in the megacity Mumbai. She has gained experience in international offices such as Shigeru Ban in Japan, COSTFORD, B.V. Doshi and Hasmukh Patel in India. Between 2013 and 2016, she worked as a research manager for the project Ground Up – A Dwellers‘ Focused Design Tool for Upgrading Living Space’ in Dharavi, Mumbai in one of the highest density and largest informal settlements in the world. At Studio X Mumbai, Martina Spies, in cooperation with Columbia University, was the successful curator of two international exhibitions called Dharavi: Places and Identities and Mumbai – which bring the four neighbourhoods in the slum in the middle of Megacity Mumbai alive and Let‘s play! Children as Creators of Informal Playspaces, which showcased the culture of playing in India for the first time.

Michaela Rotsch

Bildende Künstlerin, transdisziplinäre und -kulturelle Forschung mit arabesken Organisationsstrukturen und syntopischen Werkstrukturen.


* Der Prototyp der Glaskuben stammt aus der künstlerischen Werkstruktur SYNTOPIAN VAGABOND, die hier mit dem transkulturellen Projektansatz von GLASPALÄSTE durch die gemeinsame Rahmenstruktur der Glaskuben verbunden wird. Dadurch wird die Grenze zwischen Bildender Kunst und anderen kulturellen Bereichen ausgelotet.


Michaela Rotsch

Fine artist, transdisciplinary and transcultural research with arabesque organisational structures and syntopic work structures.


* The prototype of the glass cubes comes from the artistic work structure SYNTOPIAN VAGABOND, which is linked here to the transcultural approach of GLASPALÄSTE through the common structure of the glass cubes. Thus the boundary between contemporary art and other cultural areas is explored.


Irmtraud Voglmayr

Soziologin und Medienwissenschaftlerin, Schwerpunkte in Forschung und Lehre: Stadt- und Raumforschung, Medien, Gender und Klasse.

Irmtraud Voglmayr

Sociologist and media theorist, focussing on research and teaching: city and urban planning, media, gender and class.

Juliane Zellner

Juliane Zellner studierte Theaterwissenschaft (M.A.) in München, Urban Studies (MSc.) in London und promoviert derzeit an der Hafencity Universität im Fachbereich Kultur der Metropolen.

Juliane Zellner

Juliane Zellner holds a degree in Theatre Studies (M.A.) from LMU Munich and a degree in Urban Studies (MSc) from UCL London.

Currently she is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Metropolitan Culture at the HCU Hamburg.