Spices Box: Tastes in India

One of the most common needs that have belonged to every kitchen for numerous generations to give it a powerful aesthetic statement is a spice box. No one can underestimate the importance of spices in the kitchen; therefore, these Masala boxes are a simple way to store spices such as mustard seeds, chili powder, turmeric…

Exploring Mysore Painting & Line Art Fusion

Mysore Style Painting: The Story… The imminent onset of militarization and war always results in a cultural shift that revels in the emergence of newer art forms and styles, each influenced by the other, creating a cultural fusion. While the Mysore Style Painting can be traced back to the painting of Ajanta, it gained popularity…

LEATHER CRAFT

Leather craft goes way back to the Indus valley civilization where there are several references from ancient text describing the use of animal skin. The Rig-Veda mentions leather items around 3000 BC. These included bottles, and water-carrying bags called “mashaks”. In addition to leather bands, straps, laces, and similar cord-like implements, other literary references also…

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…

PAPER MACHE

Zain-Ul-Abidin, the eighth Sultan of Kashmir, introduced the spectacular handicraft to India from Samarqand, the city of papermaking in Central Asia. The world awes at the splendour of paper crafts that have been in existence since the 15th century. In the old days, Paper Mache was called Kari munaqqash, which translates to painted work. It…

Madhubani Art & its Significance

Madhubani paintings are one of India’s oldest and most distinctive traditional art forms. Madhubani paintings are a 2500-year-old folk art that is believed to have originated during the Ramayana, when king Janaka invited the people to photograph his daughter Sita’s wedding to prince Rama. During festivals, ceremonies, or special events, women would hand painted these…

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…

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…