Indian Fighter Kites

India has a long history with kites. Most people believe that Chinese travelers Fa Hien and Hiuen Tsang brought kites to India, but kites evolved on their own in India, and today Indian kites are almost exclusively fighter kites. Tissue paper and bamboo are used to make them, and almost all Indian kites have the…

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…

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…