Teak Wood

The long trail of cloth, one straight single length,
no Zip, no stitch yet oozes vigour and strength!
The Six Yards of grace, draped perfect for the evening,
the elegance untouched, adds ‘femininity’ to the meaning!
The poor, the rich and in the middle,
all of us have worn it to go unbridled!
It marks the beauty of a demure bride,
it tells tale of prejudice and pride!
‘Saree my love’ you are the most beautiful attire,
a timeless fashion, which refuses to retire…
-Swati Negi AllPoetry.

This sculpture of a Sari, distinctly shows the absence of a woman within. In this figurative and abstract sculpture, the Sari is waiting for a woman to come and drape it on herself. The artist, Manoj Dwivedi, raises a concern about the Female Foeticide that is still practiced. A girl child is still considered as an abomination in some cultures, and the sculptor wants to bring awareness about it. Additionally, he also expresses that women who belong to urban demography are more inclined towards western outfits, making the Sari only a choice they pick for a special occasion.

Manoj Dwivedi is a contemporary artist and sculptor from Kanha, Madhya Pradesh, whose work depicts lives of Baiga Tribals from the same place. He often tries to convey deep meaning and moral through his social sculptures, and stands out in his field of work because of the finesse on how he achieves the curves, the spaces and the finishing on the sculpture. While he is essentially a folk artist, his sculptural works speak of a strikingly modern aesthetic. He is innovative and experimental in his approach, employing teak as his medium. Though he comes from a humble background, his talent and understanding of form and expression are formidable, as demonstrated by his exceedingly exploratory and conceptual sculptures.

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