The Cloth of the Mother Goddess

Jagdish Chitara

This textile book tells the story of the origins of Mata-Ni-Pachedi, the ritual ‘Cloth of the Mother Goddess’. Traditionally created by artisans from the nomadic Vaghari community in Gujarat, these votive cloths offer a painted image of the goddess to herself. Gifting a piece of creation to the creator is considered the highest form of worship. Hand block-printed on textile, this limited-edition artists’ book is in the form of a cloth shrine. It pays tribute not only to a sublime conception of the power of art, but also to the labour involved in creating it. Each copy is accompanied by a facsimile paper storyboard, featuring text that takes the reader through the various panels. The new edition provides contextual information printed on a textile cover that unwraps in layers.



Read a blog post by Gita Wolf — The Cloth of the Mother Goddess: From Ritual Art to Cloth Book — that comprehensively explores the craft traditions and processes behind the second edition of this votive textile book.

$ 150.00

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Weight 380.0 g
Dimensions 255 × 255 × 15 mm



Block-printed on cloth


24 panels


Limited edition of 500


Reusable voile sleeve

Foreign Rights Sold

Korean: Borim Press

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Jagdish Chitara

Jagdish Chitara

Jagdish Chitara is a skilled folk artist from Gujarat, western India, working in the Mata-Ni-Pachedi style of ritual textile painting. Belonging to a traditional and nomadic group of artists from the marginalised Vaghari community, he has been practising this ancestral craft for over 40 years. Jagdish now lives in Ahmedabad, where he strings up his textile art for sale on a pavement. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Catriona Maciver

Catriona Maciver

Catriona Maciver is a multidisciplinary designer from Scotland. After graduating in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martin’s College in London, she travelled to India to explore traditional artisanal craft and culture. It was this interest that led her to work for Tara Books in 2013. Catriona continues to work on book projects with Tara, while also running her own studio in South India. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.