Tootia (plural) were originally made from coconut halves covered in bright vibrant material, beads, and cowrie shells. Traditionally they were made by the bride’s sisters and friends, even though, aunties and bebe (grans) got involved too and there was much competition to make the fanciest tootie (singular). Each tootie is tied to the bride’s wedding bangles and the knot symbolises the strong bond between them. The tootia reminded the bride of the family and friends she left behind when she got married and conveyed their good wishes for her future. 

For this workshop you are invited to bring along leftover sarees and salwar kameez textiles, sequins and beads and your mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters to make a tootie together.

This is an opportunity for those who worked in garment factories or from home to share their memories of working in the fashion trade. Come and share stories and learn about different cultures in your community. Writers will capture stories at this event. 

Dress code: To celebrate Indian textiles please wear salwaar kameez (where possible).

This workshop is part of a series of workshops capturing the history of Indian fashion and textiles run by the British Art Show 9.

Date: 6 February

Time: 11:30-15:30

Venue: Art Gallery 

Price: Free - Booking required

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