Mata Ni Pachedi

Mata, Shakti, and Devi are mythological names that conjure up vivid ideas. Goddess’s many forms are imagined by the Chitara families of Gujarat’s roaming Waghris tribe as hand-painted or block-printed images on textiles, surrounded by stories from mythology, epics, and folklore. The term ‘Mata-ni-Pachedi’ literally means ‘that which enshrines the Goddess.’ This craft has been…

FOLK ART ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING FOLK TALE

The patronized folk art which is believed to have originated in 200BC during the rule of Satavahana dynasty is Leather Puppetry. Born in the rich region of Andhra Pradesh, the leather puppets are intimately linked to the state’s unique traditional folk and cultural expression. “Tholu Bommalata” (dance of leather dolls) is one of the oldest…

Odisha’s Craft Heritage: Pattachitra

Pattachitra is a Sanskrit word that means “cloth” and “painting.” It is a style of hand painting that originated in Odisha in the 12th century B.C., or more than 3000 years ago, and is one of the most prominent living art forms still practiced by people in Odisha. This form of art is strongly tied…

Marble Craft

Rajasthan, a geographically old region noted for its abundance of hard shakes such as rocks, marbles, quartzite, slates, and other transforming rocks, has long been a stone carver’s paradise. The Rajasthani maker has been able to construct substantial and beautiful castles, royal palaces, and sanctuaries since medieval times, because of the ready availability of magnificent…

Sandalwood Craft and the Jangids

Rajasthan is known for its diverse art and craft sector as well as its scenic beauty. Rajasthan’s sandalwood and woodwork are as well-known as the state’s stunning scenery. Different sorts of woods can be found throughout the state, allowing artisans to test their talents and abilities. Furniture, decorative objects, toys, and household goods include the…

Wooden Doll: Carving legacy of Natungram

The state of West Bengal is endowed with multi-crafting abilities. At every entrance gate, carving can be found. A warrior and a high-status household need to have a wooden carving at the entrance of the gate or door. A stunning wooden carving may be found at the village’s main entrance. Human figures, animals such as…

DHOKRA : An Ancient Lost Wax Casting Technique or Cire Perdue

Under the clouds of smoke and the light emanating from the earthen lamps, amid the clay fragments and wax coils is a sculptor hovering over his lamp, building a religious image using a unique metal casting technique known as Dhokra. The dancing girl from Mohenjo-daro is not just the most famous piece of art from…

Toda Embroidery: neutral black and bold red meet the elegant white

The advent of textile mechanization has peeled the death knell on cultures and hand crafted traditions. One such indigenous culture fading away slowly is the pastoral tribal community of ‘The Todas’. They reside amidst the rumbling hills of Nilgiris, meaning ‘Blue Mountains’ and communicate in Toda language, belonging to the Dravidian family of languages.Apart from…

Traces of Green & Golden: Sikki Grass Craft

Sikki Grass Craft: The Story… The Sikki Art can be traced to the Vedic period, practised among nomadic tribes and primarily dominant in Bihar. It started with the Tharu women of Nepal, before being adopted by Mithila women in Bihar. To date, the craft is predominantly practised and associated with women of Bihar. Sikki grass…

Toys & Games; Sustainable Entertainment

Toy Industry, The Disaster, Environmental Damage & Health Concerns… With steady globalisation and corporates making India their playground, the Indian based toy industry has shown a steady decline, replaced by toys made and sold by foreign investors. With cheap materials like plastic, often created in bulk and sold for lower and more affordable prices, the…