Cotton: labour, land and body at the Craft Council

21 September 2022 – 4 March 2023


Project description

The Bagri Foundation is excited to support a the Craft Council’s exhibition Cotton: labour, land and body, which through textiles, films and works on paper, explores how one of the world’s most ubiquitous materials has shaped the relationship between Britain and South Asia.

For thousands of years, cotton has been skilfully cultivated from seed to yarn and crafted into garments to support a growing expansion of trade and consumption. Today, cotton remains one of the most profitable crops in the world, yet the stories and histories that it holds are rarely told.

In this exhibition curated by Uthra Rajgopal, visitors will be taken on an expedition across time, geographies, cultures and traditions, uncovering multi-generational connections between Britain and South Asia through the cotton industry in Lancashire. Featuring work by artists Raisa Kabir, Brigid McLeer, Bharti Parmar and Reetu Sattar commissioned by the British Textile Biennial 2021, it captures the impact of cotton production on labour, land and the body.  

About the Craft Council

‘We inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses. We believe craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals, and, in doing so, will change our world for the better.’ Founded in 1972, the Crafts Council is the national charity for craft. 


Image credits: ‘The art and language of weaving resistance’ 2021, Raisa Kabir. Photo by Matt Savage