Weavers' Studio
Part of:
  • Bijoy Jain (architect)
  • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
  • Chiaki Maki (client)
  • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

Weavers' Studio



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • ca. 60 artefacts and realia
    44 models
    39 photographs
    17 drawings
    9 textual records
    1 video recording
Scope and content:
File documents a project for a live-work complex in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Commissioned by Chiaki Maki, a Japanese textile weaver who spends a portion of each year in northern India, this complex in the Himalayan foothills provides working space for a studio of twenty-five weavers from all over the country. It is conceived as a cyclical, self-sufficient farm system that integrates all aspects of the weaving process, from cultivating indigo and henna for dye to gathering silk from cocoons and spinning wool. The site had been previously cultivated, and the design works with the landscape's existing pathways, terraces, and mango groves. Nearly all construction materials--including the brick, limestone, and phosphorescent river stones used in the foundation and to treat the brick walls--come from within a two-kilometre radius of the studio.
The five-sided building occupying the centre of the site is the workshop itself, which frames a courtyard for gatherings (of weavers, children, etc.). A gallery in the complex displays the weavers' work, while the linear buildings accommodate motorcycle parking, a guest house, and residences for Maki and her partner as well as the site caretaker and his family.
File contains artefacts and realia, models, photographs, drawings, site reports, and a video recording.
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Materials in this project series were likely not arranged when they were first processed.

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