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Episode 15: Hema Shroff Patel - social entrepreneur / textile designer / founder of AMBA

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.

Photo credit: Sana Javeri Kadri

Photo credit: Sana Javeri Kadri

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“Dancing Girl” Indus Valley Collection by Amba; Photo of Ekta Rajani by Hashim Badani

“Dancing Girl” Indus Valley Collection by Amba; Photo of Ekta Rajani by Hashim Badani

SHOWNOTES FOR EPISODE 15:

  • Amba on Instagram and Facebook where you can connect with Hema

  • 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:

Bombay picks:

Books!

Follow us on Instagram for more on Hema and the places, events and work we discussed in this episode!

Special thanks to Mohit Shandilya & Rajat Upadhyay @ Flying Carpet Productions for audio post-production engineering!

At the loom in Maheshwar. From L to R: Wasim, his father Bashir, weaver Bhayyu, Hema and Darshana.

At the loom in Maheshwar. From L to R: Wasim, his father Bashir, weaver Bhayyu, Hema and Darshana.

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