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gamcha

gamcha (India) for use everyday, a multipurpose checked cotton cloth commonly used by men throughout India as a towel, scarf, head dress, lunghi, or draped over the shoulder; local translation for sweat towel. Traditional handwoven gamcha were readily available off the shelf in khadi shops as recently as the early 2000s, but today’s versions are now usually polyester, machine made, and uniformly exact. In keeping with tradition and celebrating the uniqueness of handmade materials, dosa gamcha is entirely cotton and handwoven by Mr. Biswas and his weavers in West Bengal. The ubiquitous blue-and-white gamcha worn by rickshaw drivers inspired dosa’s spring 2013 collection. (2013) See also lunghi

gasalionirekeadeyemo

Gasali Onireke Adeyemo (Nigeria) artist and teacher of Yoruban indigo dyeing, adire, embroidery, quilting, and appliqué. Gasali was born in a village in Offatedo, Nigeria, then immigrated to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he currently resides. Warm and instantaneously likable, Gasali is eager to share his knowledge of indigo, or elu, which grows wild in Nigeria. For over 2,000 years, elu has been used in Africa as a dye, a medicine, and a way to ward off sickness. According to Gasali, in Yoruba “the color blue is love.” dosa and Gasali collaborate on unique interpretations of Yoruban designs, each pattern conveying symbolic meaning. Using tools fashioned from scavenged sticks, feathers, and scrap metal, Gasali paints aesthetic markings on fabric with homemade cassava resist paste. His work is very labor intensive and all done by hand. (2010) See also indigo