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UK India Dosti: Indian Folk Art Festival, Rabari appliqué embroidery

20th July at 10:00 am - 11:10 am

Artist Ritu Kumari Madhubani, painting an elaborate pattern onto fabric

IN PERSON AND ONLINE: To celebrate South Asian heritage month and 75 years of India’s independence (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’) we have teamed up with the UK India Dosti Folk Art Festival to offer a host of incredible women artists from rural India a platform to share their talents and pass on practical knowledge of different art forms.

UK India Dosti – Indian Folk Art Festival: Rabari Applique Workshop, Wednesday 20th July, 10am to 11.30am BST, Online, Free, 14+

a brighty coloured hanging fabric depicts abstract bird and flower forms in oranges, blues, reds and blacks against a white background. Behind the fabric there is a room with more fabric art works on cushions and the floor.
Image of a Rabari applique embroidery. Courtesy of the India Dosti Folk Art Festival.

Rubaris are nomadic herders who live scattered throughout Gujarat and Rajasthan, in highly adaptive communities. One of the most striking things about the Rabari people is their artistic embroidery, traditionally practices by women who live in the permanent villages that anchor the traveling herders. In this workshop we will learn from the ‘Guru’ women who practice this beautiful form of embroidery, watching practical demonstrations and being supported to create new textiles using Rabari techniques and designs.

UK India Dosti is a cultural exchange festival between the UK and India scheduled to be held from 18 July 2022 to 8 March 2023 inspired by the UK’s South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM), India’s ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, and the incredible traditional women artists of India who have shown remarkable resilience in continuing the heritage tradition despite the devastating effects of Pandemic.

Through this Folk Art Festival, we aim to bring 75 traditional women artists representing 15 unique art forms of India on one platform. These art forms have their origin across different states of India. We shall present these artists as Gurus to give online art demonstration to 1875 UK adults and 1875 Indian children.

The first event in this series is being held at Glasgow Women’s Library, Scotland from 19th July 2022 to 22nd July, 2022, where 3 art workshops will be based on Madhubani Painting, Naga Jewellery and Rabari Applique.

During the programme, we will also impart information about 12 other art forms and women artists.

UK India Dosti 2022 GWL


Booking for this event has now closed. If you’d like to be on the waiting list please email info@womenslibrary.org.uk


This session takes place both at the library or via an online video call link.

Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available.

If you would like to attend online, please book below and we will share an email invitation along with simple and straight forward instructions on how this will work. If you have any concerns about how this will work for you, please do get in touch and we’ll do all we can to support you in joining the session.

Find more information on Accessibility at GWL or contact us and we will be very happy to offer assistance.


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20th July
10:00 am - 11:10 am
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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Glasgow Women’s Library
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0141 550 2267