Puristen auf dem Lande?
von Thomas Edelmann | 23.01.2012
Charpoy, which means “four legs”, is a rethink on the Indian daybed.
Charpoy has a handmade cotton and silk mattress embellished by precious crafted embroidery. The decoration is a facsimile of a game, similar to drafts, which in India is reminiscent of the time of wars when kingdoms and wives were won as bets.
The mattress of Charpoy is a highly valuable item that encapsulates the tradition, craft skills and richness of the hand finishing, contrasting with the underlying wood base with a black lacquer finish produced industrially in Italy.
All the women who worked on this project in India have embroidered their names in Hindi on the edge of the mattress which thus tells its story and origins. To accompany the daybed Doshi and Levien have designed a side table in Corian with a printed top that is a replica of an Indian miniature by Indra Sharma. The painting depicts a scene from the Indian epic poem, the Mahabharata, and describes the game of Chaupar, the same embroidered on the mattress of the Charpoy daybed.