HIM, 2016, JACQUARD WOVEN WOOL, COTTON AND LUREX; This textile is a shift between regimental and traditional. It glorifies the regimental regalia and decorates the fabric with motifs and colors from the different colorful states of India that I have traveled. Regimental or traditional, the elephant has been symbolic in many different aspects of my life. Used widely as a decorative motif in Rajasthan, the state where I come from, I have often seen the elephant motif on wall hangings of my house and on home decor. Parallel to this, I have also seen the Assaye elephant symbol on the badge my father’s beret, shining in brass on his belt, on the uniforms and walls in the Madras regiment area. I shuffle through the traditions of my culture and routines of the regiment. Every new city was a new origin point, a new school, a new set of friends, language, culture, food, roads, and maps. Traveling through various cultures across India, learning about different ways of living and then falling back to the army family was my childhood. This textile is a map of the beautiful story I have lived. It is the journey I have traveled and the symbols I associate with.