Talk + Trunk Show

Sustaining Traditions of Block Printing with Padmini Govind

November 17, 2023
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Padmini Govind, courtest of Holi + Love.
Portrait of Padmini Govind, courtesy of Holi & Love.

Padmini Govind’s mother established Tharangini, the oldest and last remaining hand block printing studio in Bangalore, India in 1977. Padmini has upheld this beautiful craft tradition as well as the ethical, organic, and sustainable practices that her mother heralded. Learn about the practices of hand block printing, block carving, natural dye techniques, embroidery, community outreach, and sustainable practices at Tharangini and enjoy an exclusive trunk show featuring block printed items crafted by the artisans of Tharangini Studios.

Organized in conjunction with Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy

Event Information

November 17, 2023
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


$10 | Free for FWM members


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About the Participants

Padmini Govind runs a family-owned heritage hand block print studio, Tharangini Studio. Specializing in fine block printing for designers in India and around the globe—such as Anthropologie, Pollack, Starbucks, Trenery and Good Earth—Govind’s passion is to support handblock printing in a holistic way, with fair trade, eco-friendly and sustainable practices. She has also started several vocational training projects for Autism centers in Bangalore, providing vital employment options for youth in need. Tharangini has partnered with Karnataka State Women’s Welfare center and other non-profits that provide dignity in work for women who are otherwise marginalized.

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Major support for Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy has been generously provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In-kind support has been provided by Tuft the World.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.