Priya Ravish Mehra, Untitled (1/C-3), 2016, twigs, paper pulp, 22 × 14 1⁄2".

Priya Ravish Mehra, Untitled (1/C-3), 2016, twigs, paper pulp, 22 × 14 1⁄2".

Priya Ravish Mehra

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Priya Ravish Mehra spent her summers in her grandfather’s house in Najibabad in northern India, where she often saw rafoogars, or darners, who would come to collect rare shawls and other heirlooms from local households for repair. Mehra’s interest in textiles grew over the years and led her to study weaving in the early 1990s at Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan, where her parents were also once students. What Mehra learned during that time—and immediately after at London’s Royal College of Art and West Dean College in West Sussex, UK, where she specialized in making tapestries—helped her express her enthusiasm for natural landscapes and their vibrant colors. In her early tapestries, blocks of sharp greens and blues rise up as mountains or fade into each other and stretch across as grassy plains. Such works show the early locus of Mehra’s interests in “Woven Memoirs: A New Kind of

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