Artisans of India

‘Incredible India’ -as it’s described, but what makes India so incredible? who makes it so? The people who toiled harder to offer that incredibility to India are however not shining. Unfortunately, many of the craftsmen are still living without the basic amenities. They are struggling hard for their survival, education, health, security, the safety of…

Tarkashi Craft

Originating from Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, Tarkashi is an exquisite art form that dates back to 16th century, that also got spread to Rajasthan under the aegis of Sawai Man Singh II. It is a highly skilled and laborious technique of inlaying brass, copper or silver wires (‘taar’) in wood. The process includes carving of the…

Artisans edge over the market

Since decades handmade goods have been associated with aristocrats and Royal class due to a wide variety of designs and intricate work in their textiles. Even in the pro-industrialization, goods preferred on large scale were largely handmade by hand labor. Be it the king’s royalty or the Victorian Britain, the upper class specifically the aristocrats and the bourgeoisie…

Hand Block Print

Wooden Hand Block Printing is a process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of cotton, linen or silk, by means of carved wooden blocks. It is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of textile printing. Block printing by hand is a slow process. It is, however, capable of yielding highly artistic results, some…

Saura Tribal Art

‘Saura Tribal Art’ of Odisha is an art form originated from a tribal culture of the ‘Sauras’ or ‘Savaras’ of India. Sauras are among the most ancient tribes in India and find mention in the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Savari, Rama’s devotee in the Ramayana and Jara, the hunter who mortally wounded Krishna…

Pattachitra ~ Orissa

Pattachitra is a Sanskrit term used for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting. Based in and around Puri,  Konark and Bhubaneshwar region especially in the village of Raghurajpur, Odisha. In the Sanskrit language, ‘Patta’ means ‘cloth’ and ‘Chitra’ means ‘picture’. Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities and especially inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava sect.…