Emerging Artist Showcase: Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina

October 28, 2017 - February 12, 2018

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.


Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions―the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.


About Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Under the title Everyday Love Art, she creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast; she has worked with companies such as Disney and Hasbro; and she has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, BBC Radio, India Times, and Huffington Post. In 2012, Chanani was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Pashmina is her first graphic novel.


About the Emerging Artist Showcase

The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Emerging Artist Showcase: Nidhi Chinani’s Pashmina is organized by the Cartoon Art Museum and is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.