Ply-Split Braiding Workshop by Professor Erroll Pires
Come and learn the techniques of ply-split braiding, an ancient craft from the desert region of North Western India. Taught by the last master, Erroll Pires, it is featured in the ongoing ‘Nature to Culture: Crafts of India’ exhibition at the Piramal Museum of Art, which explores the connection between nature and culture. Ply-split braiding involves splitting cotton or woolen cord and weaving it to produce elaborately patterned camel girths and other animal regalia. Participants will make their own small, colorful samples on key rings.
About the Artist
Erroll Nelson Pires is trained as a textile designer from the National Institute of Design. After graduating from NID, Erroll worked in a textile mill and trained with the leather division of Tata Exports in leather garments and goods. In 1984, he returned to NID to teach. Over the course of his 30-year teaching career, he got interested in researching the lesser-known technique of ply-split braiding. He apprenticed under a ply-split braiding master in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, and learnt the fine art of camel belt making. After mastering the technique, he explored contemporary application of the technique and created products. A breakthrough with the technique has been creating one-of-a-kind seamless, wearable dresses. Erroll continues to conduct short workshops nationally and internationally.
Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai
Piramal Museum of Art, Piramal Tower, Ground Floor, Peninsula Corporate Park, G.K.Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai