Inspired by ancestral knowledge and food as a cultural archive, join artist and designer Ayesha Sureya in this workshop where we will transform spices into our own natural dyes to print and stain cotton scarves and fabrics.

Food and personal objects act as small reminders of the moments shared between people and occasions.

In this workshop, we will disrupt and rewrite toxic narratives regarding the ‘curry stained’ South Asian body, through reappropriating spices into stains that adorn fabrics to celebrate the power that food holds in our homes and memories.

Ayesha encourages all participants to bring their own old jewellery or small objects from home to rework and repurpose as stencils and patterns.

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Nunnery Gallery

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