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Meghiben Rupa Meriya

Artform Appliqué Artist
Education: No Formal Education

Meghiben is an accomplished narrative artist. In 2003 she illustrated the story of her life in Applique. In 2009, she revised the work and submitted it for the President’s national award competition. The text for the Applique piece follows.

"For several years I thought about making a piece which tells the story of my life. This piece covers my childhood, my village, people and the agriculture which I remember.

The story starts in the lower left of the cloth. This is the village of my birth,Ratnal, about 25 Km from Bhuj. We were two sisters and always playing at the evening time. I remember the cowshed in my village – you can see it in the lower left corner. Above, I showed the train track that passes by our village and the tea stalls in the village square.

The most vivid memory from my childhood is of the big earthquake in 1956. I was 10 years old.... the story continued....
....I remember we walked 5 to 10 kms to fetch water. The pond was for the animals and especially for wild animals. I liked the water harvesting system used by the local people. The people who had farms near the hills made small ponds near their farms, so all the rain water came into the farm ponds. Later they could use it for agriculture."

In July 2010 Meghben traveled to the USA to participate in the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. After attending the two day event, she taught narrative applique in workshop in six locations across the USA over a month. Of course, Meghiben then illustrated her experiences in her applique work.....

Here she is, proudly displaying her work to us...I was almost too moved by her story to take this picture. A Person Extraordinaire!

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