About The Craft
Ply-Split Braiding is an ancient art that is practiced for making elaborate camel girths and other animal regalia of hand-spun goat hair, wool or sometimes cotton in northwestern India. Today, the technique is used by fiber artists to create handmade decorative items including neck-wear, bags, household décor, garments and three-dimensional structures such as baskets and sculptures. Ply-Split Braiding is a technique where one twisted cord passes through another twisted cord or cords splitting the plies of the latter cords. This is unlike weaving or many forms of braiding where cloth is formed by threads interlacing in an over-under sequence. Pattern is formed by cord color, and splitting order.
About The Artist
Erroll Pires Nelson has devoted his whole life for a unique art of “Ply-Split Braiding”. He has refined, transformed, and reinvented its usage for over 30 years in what some would call an obsessive dedication, purposefully refusing the boundary between art and object. Mr. Nelson is trained as a textile designer from the National Institute of Design. He taught at NID from 1984 to 2011. After graduating from NID, Master Erroll worked in a textile mill and trained with the leather division of Tata Exports in leather garments and goods. Using recycled industrial yarn and his exceptionally long thumbnails, Master Errol creates magic as he deftly locks and interlocks one twisted cord through another.
Meet the master at India Craft Week 2019.
- Includes free entry to the event on the day of the workshop
- Includes art & craft material required for the workshop
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