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…

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…

Khandua Silk Saree

The saree, India’s most prominent outfit, is worn by Indian women all over the world. These swaths of cloth, however, are more than just conventional costumes for the Indian women—and a few men—who have been enveloping themselves with silk, cotton, linen, and other fabrics for millennia. They’re national emblems, ambassadors for traditional (and cutting-edge) design…

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…

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…

Phulkari: The Flower Embroidery

PHULKARI: A CALL FOR SUSTAINABLE REJUVENATION Handicraft is practised in almost every part of the Indian subcontinent. Natural handwoven fabrics and embroidered crafts are amongst the oldest forms of Indian sustainable heritage art.The artistic embroidery is often a profound symbolism of the personal emotions of the craftsperson, especially women, which also includes cultural metaphors and…

Face Behind the Craft: Radha Kumari

Women and Sikki Grass Craft…. 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…

The Peacock Legacy: Navalgund Durries

For the admirers of traditional sustainable handmade decorations on festive occasions, Navalgund durries with bright colours and intricate motifs catch everyone’s attention. Native to Karnataka, they were fondly called Jamkhanas which translates to floor covering mats in Kannada. Navalgund durries are handmade out of cotton with vivid colours and striking patterns which makes them unique…

A Journey Towards Slow Fashion : The Koraput Weavers of Odisha

In a world enveloped by fast, machine-produced fabrics, slow and handcrafted fashion is our way forward. For decades together, the fast fashion industry has been depleting the environment with products made of several toxins and chemicals, excessive use of water and natural resources, large waste generation and contributing massively to global carbon emissions. The nature…

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…