Episode 15: Hema Shroff Patel - social entrepreneur / textile designer / founder of AMBA
Calling all art and textile lovers! My latest guest is the elegant and inspiring Hema Shroff Patel, who grew up in the American midwest, and (in her own words) was taken “kicking and screaming” to Bombay as a high schooler, a city which she came to love and finally call home. This was one of my favorite conversations - we talk about Hema’s love of the central Indian town of Maheshwar, weaving, Art Deco, Agnes Martin, and even the Indus Valley Civilization. It’s a long one, but stay tuned until the second half to hear some amazing recommendations on Bombay’s art and shopping scene, Hema’s picks from the Kochi Muziris Biennale, and of course, her favorite books!
Listen to the full episode below or on iTunes here.
SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 15:
Don’t miss a beautiful look inside Hema’s Art Deco home in Bombay’s Malabar Hill in House & Garden magazine UK - spotted Seema Krish textiles on Hema’s chairs (Seema was my gracious guest on Ep. 9) and some lovely photos of Hema with Sally Holkar and the Amba team in Maheshwar.
Learn more about all the incredible art, textiles, and places we discussed below:
Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, home of the Holkar family, part of which they now run as a hotel
The Agnes Martin exhibition at the Guggenheim New York that inspired Hema’s previous collection
Fiona Caulfield’s brilliant Love Travel Guides
Artist and writer Shubigi Rao
Hema’s friend and artist Lisa Barsumian
Stylist Ekta Rajani who styled and modeled Amba’s Indus Valley Collection
Books by the illustrator Maira Kalman
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair
Louise Nicholson’s India Companion
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Special thanks to Mohit Shandilya & Rajat Upadhyay @ Flying Carpet Productions for audio post-production engineering!