Smita Dave

Smita Dave

These films share an intimate view of British South Asian women’s lives, connected through a shared history of working at Mansfield Mills, Loughborough, Leicestershire. Focussing on women I have grown up around, this project is about first & second generation women from the Indian subcontinent that have spent their working lives in Britain’s textiles & hosiery industry. Looking closer into their lives, I realise that there are multiple relationships and complexities relating to:

“…the past, the peasant past, the tribal past and the colonial past each with it’s own particular prescriptions for the woman’s role, constantly intruding on the present”. (Wilson 1978)


16th December 2014