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…

Jawaja Durries and the Lost Narratives of the Weaver Community

Durries are often found in Indian interior spaces as a furnishing. Made with attention to detail, these handwoven fabrics are true marvels of art produced by skilled craftspeople. These kind of skills are passed down through generations and encompass stories of community spirit and family. Durries are the Indian equivalent of a carpet and can…

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…

Slow Fashion; The Need & Sustainability

Fast Fashion & Sustainability: The Crisis… In the world of social media, the internet and trends changing faster than seasons, fast fashion has established its presence to keep up with the rapidly evolving world and times. The roots of fast fashion can be traced to 90s America, the ideas of IT girls and pretty vogue…