In these works, I started by making drawings from my own wedding photographs onto fabric. Then, I drew additional figures, forms, and elements and gave the fabric to my grandmothers (one living in India and one living in the U.S.), and asked them, without specific instruction, to interpret the line drawings through thread, floss, sequins, and bead. My grandmothers would work on a section and give the work to each other and then back to me, so each work has our unpremeditated collective gestures and responses. Through this project, I reimagined a traditional wedding trousseau–a type of dowry–of shawls, blankets, and saris that would be given to a young bride by the female members of her family, and I reconsidered the symbolism behind these rituals.

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