PREPARATION OF KATHAKALI COSTUMES

Preparation of Kathakali costumes for Southampton City Art Gallery Exhibition


It takes hours of patience and skill to repair the gold foil on the Kathakali head dresses and ornaments.

Kalamanadalam Barbara Vijayakumar is the first female Kathakali Chutti [make up] artist in the world and the first female costume conservation specialist. Barbara says, "when I am applying the gold foil time stands still and before I know, 10 hours have passed."

The Kathakali costumes are being prepared for an exhibition of Kathakali and Carnival costumes, on show next year at Southampton City Art Gallery. The exhibition is from 13th May - 19th August 2017.

As part of the exhibition, there will be several activity days, so why not come along to the Kathakali Costume Conservation Workshop 15th July 2017 at 10:30am - 12:00 followed by a Heritage Through Objects Workshop exploring how objects represent our history at 1.00pm - 2.30pm. 

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