Kashmiri Heritage – Papier Mache, Handcrafted with Love

This sustainable handmade makeover of paper in Kashmir was instituted around the late 14th
and early 15th century. One of the great sultans of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin, while he was still a
prince in captivity in the glorious city of Samarkand had observed the art of ornamentation of
smoothened surfaces that were made of waste paper pulp.

Patua: Master Artisans

by Arpita Sk The Colonial Impact…  A few centuries of colonisation, exploitation and dehumanization, left India bleeding and broken.  One of those broken pieces is the traditional arts and crafts sector that bears India’s heritage, culture, and oral history. Post Independence lack of focus and bureaucratic will has left many forms languishing and artisans unsupported. …

#VOCAL FOR LOCAL – @ShopChaupal

by Varnika Dalmia The sphere of arts and crafts in India is, as quoted by many, the one consisting of “perennial potential”. We often associate this sector with something that was living in the past, as opposed to something that should be relevant for generations to come. In the contemporary  world of free market enterprise…

Patua and Kalighat from Pingla West Bengal

By Arpita Sk The Story… Long time ago, before the prominent rule of Lakshman Sena in West Bengal, there lived a big, grotesque, mighty fearful monster that terrorized and consumed human beings at nightfall. The fight against the monster was an equal match and in fretful fear of this monstrous creature who was slowly devouring…

Leather from Kutch- A Craft Heritage

The Dalit Meghwals of Rajasthan migrated to Kutch, bringing leather craft with them. The main techniques of leather craftsmanship in Kutch are Jari Kaam and Torni. These traditional and age old techniques are used in the production of modern products like shoes, bags and other accessories. Kutch leather is very well treated and durable and…

Tangaliya : The #Culture of Textile

Like crafts worldwide, the traditional textile industry has lost relevance due to globalization. Handmade textiles are quickly becoming a dying art. Gujarat is now home to many communities whose traditional work of craft and textile is facing serious challenges. Tangalia is one such textile from Gujarat that has failed to cope with modern manufacturing.  Tangaliya…

Creative Communities

Creative Communities from a vital part of India’s micro economy. They are an important link between art, cultural, heritage and sustainable commerce. It’s time we recognize and appreciate the cultural intellect of the artisan communities that remains unseen and unacknowledged on many occasions. The artisans procure and use materials that are directly available in the…