Oral history interview with Asha Sarabhai, 2015


Sarabhai, Asha (Interviewee)
Vanderscoff, Cameron (Interviewer)
Guy, Gina (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Asha Sarabhai, 2015
Asha Sarabhai describes the roots and evolution of her interest in textiles. She describes how she met her husband and entered the Sarabhai family, and reflects on her adjustment. The family hosted Rauschenberg in 1975, and Sarabhai describes in detail the time he spent there, her relationship with Rauschenberg, how he engaged in work while there, and how he impacted the family and impacted her. Sh e also discusses how he worked with the materials and environment of the Sarabhai family's retreat, and of the city of Ahmedabad and the paper mills. She describes the impact of time spent with Rauschenberg on her own work with textiles. Other artists have since stayed at the Sarabhai Retreat, and Asha recounts some visitors. She reflects on her personal relationship with Rauschenberg
Collection Name
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation oral history collection
Woven textiles--India; Study of contemporary textile crafts of India; Indian fashion designers; Fashion designers; Artistic collaboration; Ahmadābād (India); Asha Sarabhai; Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008; Sarabhai Foundation; Calico Museum of Textiles (India)
oral histories
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58 pages
Note (Biographical)
Asha Sarabhai was born in India. She is a fashion designer and founder of Raag Studios in Ahmedabad, India, and married to Suhrid Sarabhai
Interviewed by Cameron Vanderscoff and Gina Guy on March 18, 2015
Note (Provenance)
Asha Sarabhai, Gift, transferred from Columbia Center for Oral History Research 2019
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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