The Stitches Speak

Animator and painter Nina Sabnani is eminent for setting up the first Advanced Entry Programme in Animation in India, at National Institute of Design in 1985. A master at animation Nina has created some absolutely amazing films using creative and unusual styles of animation. Her films are based on various social issues like the dowry system, the partition of India and Pakistan, the birth of zero etc. She has won numerous awards for her work and today I would like to introduce you to her most recent film that has been making waves through out the world.

Tanko Bole Chhe (The Stitches Speak) is an animated documentary that traces the journey of four Kutch artisans towards finding themselves and forming the Kala Raksha Trust (a trust formed to preserve traditional art and to generate income for the rural artisans of Sumrasar Sheikh, a village 25 km north of Bhuj). The most amazing part of the film is that it uses the art of appliqué and embroideries as means of expression to narrate the story. Can you imagine that… now that is being creative to the stitch! Here is a preview of the film.

Tanko Bole Chhe (The Stitches Speak) has won many awards like Jury’s special prize for short animation film at FICCI BAF(Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) , Best Animated Film on Social Welfare at FICCI BAF(Best Animated Frames Awards), Best Creativity at International Short Film Festival of India and Best Short film at the Bollywood and Beyond 2010 film festival at Stuttgart, Germany, July 2010.

Photo By Documentary Educational Resources

To know more about Nina and her brilliant films click here.

  2 comments for “The Stitches Speak

  1. John Philipose
    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    This is a masterpiece Nisha! Great work of bringing it out to us!

  2. August 21, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Have seen Nina’s movie…was awesome and extremely inspiring!!! All the best to all her future endeavours!

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