Decoration / Matang and Natasha Sumant, Dhola table

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Description

Natasha Sumant and Matang

 

Dhola table

 

A circular side table with a white Makrana marble top supported with three wood indigo dyed central stems on a marble base identical to the top.

The two circular plates joined by a dyed cotton rope grid, circled and arched in the middle.

 

This side table was inspired by the Dhola, a traditional double sided mini drum. Often sold in the streets, these objects are common toys in an Indian household. Two pieces of marble are held together by woven dip dye wool and indigo dye ash wood, mimicking the shape of the drum.

 

White marble from Makrana, a district in Rajasthan, the marble of the Taj Mahal was used as a tribute to the Mughal tradition of marble carving.

The temple sculptors have been transmitting their knowledge of this craft through many generations. By working with them, Natasha Sumant and Matang attempted to implement generations of traditional Indian knowledge and heritage craft, to a contemporary representation of the culture.

 

The three stems are dyed with indigo, one of the first plants India was colonized for.

 

Drawing from natural dyeing techniques in Assam, three key materials were combined to build the rope color palette : turmeric, madder root, and annatto seeds, all spices essential to the colonial trade.

 

Contemporary production.

 

Dimensions

Height : 67 cm (26.38 in.)

Diameter : 36 cm (14.17 in.)

 

Price on request.

 

Matang

 

Matang is an architectural and furniture practice between Paris and Mumbai, created by Lucien Dumas.

A practice exploring the relation between the different stones from Rajasthan with European wood.

A relation between Indian temple sculptors, working with the same stones for decades, with a french contemporary carpentry.

A process built around the natural materials from a territory, their expressions, the way they are meeting and the hands shaping them.

As an interface, these sensitive objects express a skill, a culture, a relation to stone, wood, earth. By embodying the essence of a territory, these projects reveal the relation made by men and their environment.