The idea of QUILTS & PORTRAITS FROM KUTCH came to me late nineties when I was experimenting with historical photographic processes like cyanotype and palladium printing. As the images of the desert women began to develop with a rare presence on the heavy wet fiber paper I realised I had the key to a story about proud women and beautiful quilts. A story where quilts and photographs go hand in hand time-wise and texture-wise thus putting emphasis on recycling and slowness. And moreover the quilts provide a shining example of the desert women's artistic capabilities whilst at the same time bringing to light traditional crafts like block-printing and tie-dying
My first visit to this fascinating country lies more than 20 years back. I was instantly carried away by the friendly and disarming Kutchi hospitality. I had before me a unique place offering something hardly to be found in the Western world.
A story made of love and respect, dedicated to my friends in Kutch always present with a genuine hospitality and a rare warmth completely unaware of the future awaiting them. Kutch was hit by a devastating earthquake on January 26, 2001.