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THINGS
MY MOTHER USED TO DO

YEAR /

2019 | NOV

PLACE /

NID, AHMEDABAD

TEAM /

KHUSHBOO MEHROTRA 
NOORA YASMIN

SDG + SET DESIGN + CURATION

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// An archive all the

little things that count

INVITES
   & POSTERS //

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तेरा पुराना टी-श़टर्  =  मम्मी का नया पोंछा

Your old t-shirt = Mom’s new cleaning cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01 FROM RICHES TO RAGS

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Most clothes go through being the new go-to outfit, getting passed down to a sibling, then being nightwear and eventually ending up as a cleaning cloth. This exhibit puts this transition of T-shirt from being a new piece of clothing to a cleaning rag on a pedestal, juxtaposed with a clip that talks of this culture in a popular stand-up comedy by Kenny Sebastian. 

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Mostly found packed one into another, this stockpile of plastic bags is commonly found behind that one door ever since plastic bags crept into Indian households.  

WITH MORE PLASTIC BAGS INSIDE

02 YES, IT’S THAT PLASTIC BAG

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Be it the Guptas, Sharmas, Roys or Kumars, all houses have this treasured plastic bag, hence framed.

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03 TAPE, ON TAP, ON TAPE

Despite all those debates, battles and falls, with all that armor, the TV remote probably lasted longer than your TV. 

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This piece showcases the TV remote whose plastic skin was only removed years later and covered with tape and old adhesive holding it together in an Indian living room setting, complete with a classic old sofa cover.

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A fold and a pin, a pat on your head and you’re ready to go.

04 PINNED,

    CLOSE TO MY HEART.

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This set not only tries to take you down memory lane when your mom used to pin a hanky to your uniform but also encourages the audience to take one from the many hung
on the clothesline and pin one to their clothes.

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The hand towels have prompt lines stitched on them to show how to fold to a perfect triangle to pin.

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Given almost always with the exact change and a list, the task of going to the local store never failed to annoy every young Indian kid.

05 TOTE BAG , झोला,സഞ്ചി

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After taking the visitors through a nostalgic journey, we get to the point we want to get across with this final exhibit, a booklet that puts forth question for the audience to think on and add to our archive.

06 ...

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Our test prints for the exhibition and waste prints from the NID print labs became the cards to write and share sustainable practices from their own pasts. 

" Papa's old chappal became everyone's house chappal "

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" She always carries a cotton bag "

" My grandmother makes blankets by stitching old clothes together "

" I never really thought I practiced sustainability with clothing. My brother's clothes are mine too"

" She made a mattress made with an old mattress for our dog "

She saved the "good" paper bags from stores under the mattress "

" Mom made toys out for our dogs with old clothes "

" Cookie box as lunch box "

HELP US BUILD OUR ARCHIVE, TELL US WHAT YOUR MOTHER USED TO DO...

Thank you for sharing !